ICYMI: Treaty People Gathering to stop Line 3 attracts global attention
June 10, 2021
(St. Paul, MN) -- Over the weekend the Treaty People Gathering to Stop Line 3 gained widespread attention, with more than 1,700 articles and broadcast stories appearing worldwide. Nonviolent actions are continuing this week after more than 2,000 pipeline opponents gathered in Northern Minnesota to put their bodies on the line to stop construction of Line 3. The action in support of treaty rights and climate justice occurred as Enbridge continued construction through Anishinaabe treaty land and the Mississippi headwaters.
The news from the gathering paints a picture of resistance against extractive industries and an outsized reaction by law enforcement that included the use of a helicopter to disperse water protectors.
National news outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and PBS NewsHour all dedicated significant time to the story. The story also was featured on the front page of Tuesday's Star Tribune.
A sampling of national coverage:
New York Times
"Late Monday, police arrested activists and appeared to use a crowd-dispelling sonic device at the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota, which would carry oil across sensitive waterways and tribal lands."
"Pipeline protesters seize Minnesota construction site in bid to stop $4 billion project"
"Activists Jane Fonda, Tara Houska battle Line 3 pipeline that could harm tribal lands, environment"
"Pipeline battle brews in Minnesota between Indigenous tribes and a major oil company"
Line 3 is a tar sand pipeline under construction in Northern Minnesota. It violates treaty rights and would be devastating for climate change contributing the carbon equivalent of 50 coal-fired power plants, while carrying 700,000 barrels of tar sands oil from Canada every day, posing risks to Minnesota's waterways.
Stop Line 3 organizers are urging Minnesotan to take action by sending a message to President Biden to shut down the pipeline and are also generating funds to support Indigenous organizers and to free those arrested during the protests.