Giniw Founder and Ojibwe Attorney Tara Houska Arrested at Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction Site


October 19, 2023

Couchiching Ojibwe attorney and environment advocate Tara Houska was arrested with two others at a Mountain Valley Pipeline construction site on Monday, Oct. 16, for criminal trespassing. The 304 mile pipeline began construction in 2018 and has been halted over the last two years. It was fast tracked after President Biden signed the Fiscal Responsibility Act earlier this summer. (photo/courtesy)

On Monday, Ojibwe attorney Tara Houska was arrested for criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor in Virginia, after she locked herself to construction equipment at a Mountain Valley Pipeline construction site in Elliston, Virginia.

Houska is the co-founder of the Giniw Collective, an Indigenous women-led collective that encamped in northern Minnesota in 2021 to oppose the expansion of Enbridge Line 3.

Houska told Native News Online that she was released on Tuesday after posting $2,000 cash bail for criminal trespassing in Montgomery County.


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