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New front in Line 3 legal fight: Wild rice is plaintiff in lawsuit against DNR

White Earth Band of Ojibwe exerts sovereignty, advances novel "rights of nature" theory


August 6, 2021

ALEX KORMANN • Star Tribune

Workers laid down pipeline in February as part of Enbridge's Line 3 project on the Fond Du Lac Native American Reservation in Cloquet, Minn.

Opponents of the new Line 3 oil pipeline being built across northern Minnesota have argued for years that it endangers dwindling stands of wild rice, a plant sacred to many Indigenous people.

Now, the wild rice is speaking up for itself.

The water-dwelling plant is the lead plaintiff in a novel lawsuit by the White Earth Band of Ojibwe against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The legal action comes during a summer of intense protest and demonstration as the pipeline nears completion.


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