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Congresswoman Ilhan Omar hears Indigenous voices in opposition to Line 3


February 1, 2021

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. and her husband Tim Mynett speak with Lorna Hanes while visiting a Line 3 opposition camp on Jan. 30 outside of Park Rapids. Hannah Olson / Forum News Service

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. met with a small group of Indigenous leaders, water protectors, concerned citizens, politicians and activists on Saturday to learn more about the reasons behind their opposition to the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement project.

The group, which included voices from organizations MN350, Honor the Earth, the Giniw Collective and the RISE Coalition showed the representative around some landmarks near Park Rapids and Bemidji, taking Omar to an opposition camp, a proposed river crossing and a pipeline equipment storage area. Omar ended the day in Bemidji with a listening session at the Rail River Folk School.

Though Omar represents Minnesota's Fifth District, she came to the Seventh District to see the impact of the pipeline project for herself, advocating that the issues related to Line 3 are things the whole state needs to address.


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