'Treaties Not Tar Sands' Rally Convenes at Minnesota State Capitol
August 27, 2021
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - On Wednesday, more than 1,000 people led by Indigenous leaders convened at the Minnesota State Capitol grounds in Saint Paul to oppose the ongoing construction of Enbridge's Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline in northern Minnesota.
For hundreds of demonstrators, their arrival at the state Capitol marked the conclusion of a 235-mile walk that started at the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Backus, Minn. on August 12, 2021.
"I want to extend a big gratitude to all the brothers and sisters who walked so far to bring this message to the Governor (Tim Walz) and to President Joe Biden," said Honor the Earth Co-Director Winona LaDuke (White Earth Ojibwe) in a speech at the Treaties Not Tar Sands Rally. "This pipeline was a bad idea seven years ago, and it's an even worse idea now."