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
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.