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With Enbridge's Line 3, Minnesota has betrayed American Indian people yet again


October 9, 2019

Richard Tsong-Taatarii •

Both opponents and supporters of Enbridge's Line 3 lined up before the doors opened to the Senate Building in 2018.

Two summers ago, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) created what then-MNDOT Commissioner Charlie Zell called "an incredibly horrific event." The highway department desecrated 33 Ojibwe graves while rebuilding a bridge on Highway 23 in Duluth, because MNDOT did not consult with the Fond du Lac Band and conduct an on-the-ground survey before the bulldozers rolled.

Last month, the Minnesota Supreme Court paved the way to additional atrocities when it refused to review an appeals court decision to not require a Traditional Cultural Properties (TCP) survey of Enbridge's proposed Line 3 route. The assessment would be a part of the pipeline's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).


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