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Treaty People Gathering Draws Thousands, Pledges for Summer of Action Against Enbridge Line 3


A mass mobilization effort led by Indigenous people march to the headwaters of the Mississippi River in northern Minnesota to protest against the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project. (Photo/Darren Thompson for Native News Online)

MAHNOMEN, Minn.-Thousands swarmed northern Minnesota over the weekend for the Treaty People Gathering, an event organized to stand against the ongoing construction of the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project. Crowds of well over 2,000 people gathered on Monday morning at the headwaters of the Mississippi River for a treaty ceremony in the largest gathering yet against the pipeline since construction began in December 2020.

Indigenous-led groups, communities of faith, and climate justice organizations organized the Treaty People Conference, which organizers say marks the beginning of a summer of resistance.

"We have tried to stop this pipeline for the last seven years," said Honor the Earth Executive Director and White Earth tribal citizen Winona LaDuke to Native News Online. "I join the White Earth Ojibwe Nation, the Red Lake Ojibwe Nation, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, as well as environmental groups such as Friends of the Headwaters trying to stop this tar sands pipeline project."


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