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Louise Erdrich: Line 3 is not just another pipeline


January 14, 2021

Alex Kormann • Star Tribune

Joshua Roy played a drum and said a prayer while sitting on the bank of the Mississippi River near the Line 3 work site in Aitkin County near Palisade, Minn., in early December.

PALISADE, Minn. - My daughter and I are walking along the fast-flowing stream of pure darkness that is the young Mississippi River. We are two hours north of Minneapolis, in Palisade, Minn., where people are gathering to oppose the Line 3 pipeline.

Patches of snow crunch on pads of russet leaves as we near the zhaabondawaan, a sacred lodge along the river's banks. It is here that Enbridge is due to horizontally drill a new pipeline crossing beneath the river.

We enter the lodge. The peace, the sweetness, the clarity of the water is hard to bear. The brush and trees hardly muffle the roar of earth-moving and tree-felling equipment across the road. The pipeline is almost at the river.


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