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Fond du Lac Band tells outside protesters to respect its sovereignty after bomb scare


February 23, 2021

Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

Signs are posted outside Camp Migizi, a small encampment of mostly indigenous water and land protectors located right beside the Enbridge Line 3 construction site on the Fond Du Lac Native American reservation in Cloquet, MN.

DULUTH – The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is telling pipeline protesters who are not band members to respect its sovereignty after a "potential explosive device" prompted an evacuation near an Enbridge pipeline work site on the band's reservation Friday.

The band's governing body said in a statement that it recognizes that some people oppose its decision to allow the project within its borders but asked protesters to honor its sovereign authority.

A half-mile area around a rural stretch of Ditchbank Road near Cloquet was evacuated for several hours following reports of a package being thrown onto a work site as protesters were dispersing Friday afternoon, according to the Carlton County Sheriff's Office. A bomb squad was called to the site, and state and federal authorities are investigating.


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