HELP DEFUND LINE 3: Enbridge Loan Due for Renewal March 31, 2021

A MESSAGE FROM TARA HOUSKA

On March 31st, 18 banks have a $2.2 billion loan to Enbridge that is due for renewal. Between now and then, we’re going to do everything in our power to make it loud and clear to the executives of those banks: They must walk away from Line 3 ― or there will be consequences.

Every week, we’re going to ask you to take an action that helps put pressure on those 18 banks funding Line 3. We’ll ask you to send direct emails to CEOs, call board members, take part in Covid-safe street protests, participate in projection actions, join online rallies and much more.

If enough of us take these actions together, we can make the companies funding Line 3 feel enough pressure that they will walk away from Enbridge.

We’re going to start today with one, easy action for you to take. Click here to send the CEOs of 18 major banks a message that they MUST walk away from Enbridge and Line 3 on March 31st.

For the last seven years, I have been fighting Line 3 with everything I have. If built, Line 3, a massive toxic tar sands pipeline, would destroy the sacred wild rice beds my people depend on for our food, our culture and our way of life. It would contribute as much to the climate crisis as 50 new coal-fired power plants. It would endanger 800 wetlands and 200 waterways.

Despite ongoing legal challenges from the Red Lake Nation, the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota’s own Department of Commerce, environmental organizations, and 13 brave youth intervenors, construction of Line 3 continues ― bringing thousands of out-of-state workers to northern MN in the middle of a deadly pandemic, threatening already vulnerable rural, Indigenous communities with the virus even more.

As an Anishinaabe woman it is my duty to protect the water, the land, and my people. I am moved to act because I love the people, the four-legged, the winged, the finned, the land, the water.

It is my duty as an Anishinaabe woman that compels me to support people in taking direct action to stop the construction of Line 3. Direct action, like when Water Protectors recently locked themselves inside a section of pipeblockaded the entrances to construction sites, and locked themselves to trucks being used to carry Line 3 pipeline materials.

It is from this sense of duty that I am asking you to join us in this campaign. Together, I know that we can do this. Throughout history people-powered movements have changed the world. And they sure as hell can stop Line 3.

You can join the #DefundLine3 campaign and take your first action with us by clicking here and sending a direct email to Jamie Dimon and other Wall Street CEOs ― your email will go directly to the inboxes of CEOs, executives and board members of the banks funding Line 3.

Since the antiracist uprisings began last year, I have been proud to stand in solidarity with the demand of Black-led movements to defund the police. Indigenous people understand White Supremacist police brutality. Like Black folks of this country, we’ve faced it for centuries.

Now, just as racist police forces have brutalized Black and Indigenous bodies, Enbridge is brutalizing sacred Anishinaabe land ― and is being protected by a militarized police force paid for by a Candian oil company as it does so.

Together, we are powerful.

Miigwech
~ Tara Houska for Stop the Money Pipeline

Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe) is a tribal attorney, founder of Giniw Collective, and a former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders. She spent six months on the frontlines fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, and is currently engaged in the movement to defund fossil fuels and a years-long struggle against Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. She is a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, a group committed to positive representation of Native peoples.

She is a TED speaker, the 2017 Harvard “Public Interested” keynote, received an “Awesome Women Award” from Melinda Gates and a 2019 Rachel’s Network Catalyst Award, is featured in “Women: A Century of Change” by National Geographic, and was named an “Icon” on the cover of Outside Magazine’s 40th Anniversary edition. Tara has contributed to the women-led climate anthology “All We Can Save”, the New York Times, the Guardian, Vogue, Indian Country Today and been featured on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, Democracy Now, and BBC. She lives in a pipeline resistance camp in Northern Minnesota.

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Winona LaDuke Winona “All Call” Party—Call for Submission for Native Artists

June 4, 2019

Winona LaDuke, nationally recognized Native activist, is turning 60 years old, and is calling all women with the name Winona—all the “First Daughters”—to bring themselves, families and friends to party in “their” town of Winona, Minnesota on weekend August 23-25, 2019. It is a Winona All Call, inviting Winonas and Winona lovers to Winona, MN to celebrate, explore and wax poetic on being Winona.

Winona, MN circa 1898

The name, Winona, comes from the Ojibwe creation story and is the mother of Nanaboozho. The Dakota also have the name Winona or Wenonah which means in both languages “first-born daughter.” The city of Winona is known for the legend of Princess Winona, the Miss Winona Pageant and many buildings bearing the name Winona. Winona, Minnesota will be the perfect town for Winonas to gather.

Winona LaDuke, keynote speaker for the Frozen River Film Festival in Winona, MN on Feb 17, 2015.

Winona LaDuke is executive director of Honor the Earth, Founder of Winona’s Hemp & Heritage Farm and Anishinaabe Agriculture, and is a two-time Green Party candidate for Vice President with Ralph Nader.

“There are hundreds of Native and non-Native women named Winona; this is your party.”

CALL FOR SUBMISSION

Call for Native artists around the theme of “Wenonah”. Send a note and a jpg to winonaallcall@gmail.com to be in the exhibit at the Watkins Art Gallery, WSU, Aug. 23-Sept. 14, 2019

 The gallery is a small space, at 600 square feet. Please offer your art accordingly.    

Academic Panel: Winona, Wenonah: In history and today: the legends, the stories and the reality of Winonas  

Realizing that some Winona stories may not be told in the midst of summer, we nonetheless encourage academic summaries and some discussion of Winona stories in history and present times. Please submit a summary of your writing, or your spoken word pieces to winonaallcall@gmail.com   We will let you know. Submissions are due on June l5, 2019.

Visit http://www.winona-all-call.com/artshow to learn more, and instructions for submitting artwork to the gallery.

Celebrate Winona :  Music includes a band and dance with a blues band, Corey Medina and the Brothers, and other special guests who will provide entertainment Saturday night. Weekend plans also include canoe races, hemp mill history tour and a map with places to take selfies with city of Winona landmarks.

There will be a bus tour with local dignitaries and a river cruise on the Mississippi River to see the sites of the town of Winona, a screening of award-winning documentary film First Daughter and the Black Snake, an intimate portrait offering a window into the life and work of Winona LaDuke, and the successful battle against the Enbridge Sandpiper between 2014 and 2016.

There will be a video booth for “Winona” testimonials and opportunities to celebrate with Winona LaDuke.

Saturday night will include a catered Sioux Chef Dinner ( $40 per person, pre reserved $70/couple). Limited seating.  Before we depart, Sunday we will host a traditional round dance to celebrate Winonas and secure a group photo.

This is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to be surrounded by a lot of “First Daughters” celebrating being Winona in the city that bears their name.

REGISTRATION along with more information about events, tickets, hotels and camping can be found on the website: https://www.winona-all-call.com/, and facebook: facebook/winonaallcall

For more information please contact:  winonaallcall at gmail.com

 

ACTION ALERT: Ashland County Zoning meeting seeks public to testify on sulfide mining

On Friday, March 8, 2019 at 9 AM the Ashland County Zoning committee will be meeting to move a new set of sulfide mining ordinances out of committee and on to the full board. Zoning Committee Chair Joe Rose Sr. is asking for the public to step up and testify in favor of the new ordinances. The meeting is being held in the Ashland County Board Room.

Tyler Forks, Penokee Hills, Wisconsin

Background: After Gogebic Taconite (GTac) was driven out of the state in 2015, the Wisconsin legislature, dominated by Republicans, overturned the decades-old “prove it first” Wisconsin sulfide mining law. The old law prevented companies that had a proven record of pollution from doing business in Wisconsin. After that law was overturned, the entire state became vulnerable to possible devastating environmental damages that would be caused by such a mine.

Sulfide mining focuses on copper, gold, silver and other precious metals. According to Save the Boundary Waters:

The sulfide-ore copper mining industry has a disastrous track record. A peer-reviewed report prepared by Earthworks studied fourteen sulfide-ore copper mines representing 89% of current U.S. copper production. Of those fourteen mines, all had experienced some sort of pipeline spill or other accidental release. Thirteen of the fourteen (92%) had experienced water collection and treatment failures that resulted in significant impacts to water quality. The tailings dam failure at the Mount Polley Mine in British Columbia in August 2014 shows the catastrophic potential for such failures (Earthworks 2012).

Read about the possible devastation of sulfide mining here. 

Please come to the Ashland County Board Room and speak up in defense of the water.

Yellow mine waste water from the Gold King Mine is seen in San Juan County, Colorado

Enbridge whistleblower John Bolenbaugh brings his message to Lake Superior

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John Bolenbaugh is coming to the Chequamegon Bay area for a two-day intensive to share his experiences as a former clean-up worker for S.E.T Environmental and to tell the story of how he became a whistleblower for the largest tar sands oil spill in North American history.

The former sub-contractor for Enbridge will discuss the catastrophic Kalamazoo River tar sands pipeline spill in 2010 in Michigan, and his successful efforts to expose the company’s attempts to cover-up their incomplete and shoddy clean up work.

Kalamazoo oil spill. Photo: EPA

Bolenbaugh’s truth telling forced Enbridge to re-clean several dozen areas that had been approved as 100% clean by Enbridge, the EPA and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. His exposure forced the EPA to demand that Enbridge re-clean the covered up areas and re-dredge the river at an estimated cost of $600,000,000.

John comes to the Lake Superior region to take part in a series of Community Conversations with local citizens to educate and inspire participation in a grass roots effort to take action to protect our water from experiencing a disaster resulting from a pipeline spill.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Bad River Lodge & Casino, Event Center, 73370 U.S. Highway 2 Odanah
12 PM – 3 PM: Bad River luncheon welcoming John followed by presentation
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Pot Luck & Bad River families Community Conversations continue
6:30 PM: Video presentation

John Bolenbaugh. Photo: helppa.org

Black Cat Coffeehouse, 211 Chapple Ave, Ashland
4 PM – 5 PM:  Ashland Community Conversation

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Blue Wave Inn, 2521 Lake Shore Dr W, Ashland
11 AM – 12:30 PM: Brunch with John on beautiful Chequamegon Bay

Big Water Coffee Roasters, 117 Rittenhouse Ave, Bayfield
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Bayfield Community Conversations

Good Thyme Catering, Events & Lodging, 77180 State Highway 13, Washburn
3:00– 5:30 PM: AshWaBay Community Conversations, dinner & movie presentation

Ashland City Council Meeting, City Hall, 601 Main Street West, Ashland, Council Chambers
6:15 PM: John addresses Ashland City Council

Legendary Waters Lodge, 37600 Red Cliff Campground Rd, Bayfield, Main Floor Premiere Suite
7 PM – 9 PM: Red Cliff welcomes John followed by presentation, movie & refreshments

Click HERE to RSVP to events

These events are being sponsors by:
Bad River Tribal Council
Bad River Natural Resources
AERC
Legendary Waters Lodge
Good Thyme Catering, Events and Lodging
Flame and Stone Studio
Blue Wave on the Bay
Bayfield IGA
Families & friends of Bad River Anishnabe
Anishnabe Ogichidaa
Anishnabe Ogichidaakwe
Black Cat Coffeehouse
Individuals and businesses of the Greater Chequamegon Bay

Sacred Water Sacred Land Pipeline Walk Cuts Through the Heart and Soul of Wisconsin

June 25, 2016 by Paul DeMain

Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation is marked in orange boundary. The pipeline easement is the straight black line righting diagonal and cuts through LCO. The new easement for #61 and #13 runs down the reservation border outside the borders. The Enbridge pumping facility is about 1/4 mile north of where the original easement in black crosses right of way road (yellow). The tribe receives no money for the easement or facility on their property.

Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation is marked in orange boundary. The pipeline easement is the straight black line running diagonally through LCO. The new easement for #61 and #13 runs outside and along the reservation border. The Enbridge pumping facility is about 1/4 mile north of where the original easement in black crosses right of way road (yellow). The tribe receives no money for the easement or facility on their property.

The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Tribe will be hosting lodging and meals for those walking on the 33 Days on Twin #66 Pipelines Awareness Walk on July 3-7th, 2016 at the Honor The Earth Pow Wow Grounds (HTE).

The public is welcome to join them as they walk a 15-mile section each day from Ladysmith to Iamalone (July 3), from Iamalone to Meteor (7/4), from Meteor to Stone Lake (7/5), from Stone Lake the Hayward (7/6), and from Hayward to Gordon (7/7).

Walkers will be transported to and from HTE grounds to the walk starting site each day and back at the end of the day.

July 3rd and 4th: Maryellen Baker is hosting the  evening meals at her Anishinaabe Culture Center home from 6-8 PM. If any friends and helpers want to contribute to her efforts, please feel free to call her, or go and help.

Tuesday, July 5th, 2 PM: Press Briefing and Tour of Lines #61, #13, and the Arrowhead Transmission line on the LCO Reservation. Meet at Summit Lake Road in the southwest corner of the reservation, and will include the old easement site at Highbridge on Right of Way Road and the Enbridge Pumping Station on the LCO Reservation. The LCO tribe does not get any payment for either the pipeline easement that runs through the reservation or the pumping station site. See maps below for location.

Flags at the entry of the Harvest Education Learning Project (HELP) Camp, 2014. Photo: Paul DeMain

Flags at the entry of the Harvest Education Learning Project (HELP) Camp, Penokee Hills, 2014. Photo: Paul DeMain

Tuesday, July 5th, 6-10pm: Potluck, concert and reunion for the Harvest Education Learning Project (HELP) Camp. 6-8 PM: Melvin Gaspar is cooking the main course at the HTE powwow grounds. Contributions of veggies, desserts, fruits, liquids are welcome. Dinner will include Fry Bread, Deer Meat with Gravy/Boiled Potato and Steamed Veggies. 7-10 PM: Local speakers and music by Skip Jones, Frank Montana, Michael Buchor, Dennis & Cleo, and others.

Wednesday, July 6th, 2 PM: Press Conference,  Namekagon River Pipeline Crossing – Stinnet Landing Rd. Six miles South of Hayward on Hwy. 63 right before Highway E, just north of the Enbridge/ Namekagon River Crossing. Featuring LCO Vice Chair Rusty Barber, Walk organizer Julie de la Terre, Harvard Economist Winona LaDuke, activist Sandy Lyon, and several other speakers. It was here that Gaylord Nelson came in the 1960s to announce the Namekagon River being named as a wild and historic river and protected by federal laws. See maps below for location.

Wednesday, July 6th, 6-8 PM: Dinner. Mel is cooking up the main course which may include Fern Soup with Dumplings, (Waagogoyn) Sunfish Fillets, Corn on the Cob and Mac n Cheese at the Honor The Earth Pow Wow Grounds. Pipeline walkers will be first in line.

Thursday, July 7th, 6-8 PM: Evening dinner at the HTE grounds will be assisted by potluck from members of the Sawyer County and Lac Courte Oreilles Democratic Party.

Maps of Events

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Photo from the Pipeline Walk

Day 17: Pipeline walker John Endrizzi took these photo with this commentary:

“2.9 miles from my home, Enbridge has excavated a part of its pipeline 61 corridor. The site is located just north of Akron Drive about 1 mile west of Highway 13 in the Town of Rome. (See Map).

The line in question is the eastern most in the bundle. It is color coded with a yellow marker. At one time, Enbridge used the line numbers on its petroleum markers. I believe that this line may be either 14 or 6A. They are the oldest lines in the bundle. By the way, these lines all travel under Lake Arrowhead. ( less than two miles south of the “repair”) Please share this widely.”

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Day 9:

Below is Doug Cole (L) and Bill Greendeer, Ho-Chunk tribal member. Cole is the chairman of the Town of Wyocena and has been spending all his money fighting the pipeline.

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Myron Buchholz, running against Ron Kind.

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For the entire story, please visit the 33 Days on Twin #66 and see how you can get involved.