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Police say nearly 250 arrested in Minnesota pipeline protest
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Nearly 250 people were arrested when protesters attempting to stop the final leg of the reconstruction of an oil pipeline across northwestern Minnesota took over a pump station, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes said that 43 workers at the Enbridge Energy Line 3 pump station were trapped inside the site for some time Monday morning when demonstrators locked them in behind the front gate. Protesters also put up barricades and dug trenches across roads, “presumably in preparation” for a standoff with law enforcement, Aukes said.
The workers were eventually able to leave the site. No injuries were reported.
Aukes said 179 people were arrested and charged with gross misdemeanor trespassing. An additional 68 people were cited for public nuisance and unlawful assembly. It was the largest show of resistance since protesters set their sights on the project.
Mary Annette Pember, national correspondent for Indian Country Today and a citizen of the Red Cliff Band of Wisconsin Ojibwe, joined The Takeaway to discuss the Line 3 protests.
Pember was in Minnesota earlier this week to cover the gathering. Listen to her interview here:
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Fight over Canadian oil rages on after pipeline's demise
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Keystone XL is dead after a 12-year attempt to build the oil pipeline, yet the fight over Canadian crude rages on as emboldened environmentalists target other projects and pressure President Joe Biden to intervene — all while oil imports from the north keep rising.
Biden dealt the fatal blow to the partially built $9 billion Keystone XL in January when he revoked its border-crossing permit issued by former President Donald Trump. On Wednesday, sponsors TC Energy and the province of Alberta gave up and declared the line “terminated."
(Related: ‘Keystone XL is dead!’)
Activists and many scientists had warned that the pipeline would open a new spigot on Canada's oil sands crude — and that burning the heavily polluting fuel would lock in climate change. As the fight escalated into a national debate over fossil fuels, Canadian crude exports to the U.S. steadily increased, driven largely by production from Alberta's oil sands region.
Faith Spotted Eagle is a land defender and water defender. For 13 years she’s been on the frontline in the battle against the Keystone XL Pipeline. Today she’s celebrating. Faith joins ICT’s newscast to talk about her journey and this victory.
Millions taking notice: Snotty Nose Rez Kids
First Nations Haisla hip hop artists Yung Trybez and Young D say they are always pushing boundaries and heating things up.
Their music lyrics are unapologetic. Their imagery, whether it be a photo shoot, music video or Instagram post, are striking, in-your-face all the while maintaining an excellent balance between Native and hip hop culture.
In short, the Snotty Nose Rez Kids are what’s up.
At the time of this interview, Yung Trybez and Young D found themselves thrown up into the Spotify spotlight, in their words on their Instagram post, “[W]e hit a new milestone today!
They threw a couple of boys from the rez on the Yonge-Dundas Billboard in Toronto.”
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US deaths from heart disease and diabetes climbed amid COVID
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. saw remarkable increases in the death rates for heart disease, diabetes and some other common killers in 2020, and experts believe a big reason may be that many people with dangerous symptoms made the lethal mistake of staying away from the hospital for fear of catching the coronavirus.
The death rates — posted online this week by federal health authorities — add to the growing body of evidence that the number of lives lost directly or indirectly to the coronavirus in the U.S. is far greater than the officially reported COVID-19 death toll of nearly 600,000 in 2020-21.
For months now, researchers have known that 2020 was the deadliest year in U.S. history, primarily because of COVID-19. But the data released this week showed the biggest increases in the death rates for heart disease and diabetes in at least 20 years.
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Why do some people get side effects after COVID-19 vaccines?
Temporary side effects including headache, fatigue and fever are signs the immune system is revving up — a normal response to vaccines, according to the Associated Press. And they’re common.
“The day after getting these vaccines, I wouldn’t plan anything that was strenuous physical activity,” said Dr. Peter Marks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine chief, who experienced fatigue after his first dose.
Here’s what’s happening: The immune system has two main arms, and the first kicks in as soon as the body detects a foreign intruder. White blood cells swarm to the site, prompting inflammation that’s responsible for chills, soreness, fatigue and other side effects.
This rapid-response step of your immune system tends to wane with age, one reason younger people report side effects more often than older adults. Also, some vaccines simply elicit more reactions than others.
That said, everyone reacts differently. If you didn’t feel anything a day or two after either dose, that doesn’t mean the vaccine isn’t working. Read more here.
From social media:
- Native professionals embrace virtual policy work: Policy folks miss seeing each other on Capitol Hill but ‘believe the pandemic has made members of Congress even more available.’
- Nominee to oversee Indigenous affairs has support: If confirmed, Bryan Newland would bring a unique perspective to lead Indian Affairs through his previous role as Bay Mills tribal president.
- Proposed conservation plans could affect Alaska mine project: An agreement between an Alaska Native village corporation and conservationists would restrict development on lands in the Bristol Bay region.
- Broken system can't keep track of Native deaths: From medical health privacy laws to a maze of siloed information systems, a true accounting of COVID-19’s impact on Indian Country is impossible to know.
- The modern treaty: protecting Alaska Native land, values: The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, in its simplest terms, provided Alaska Natives with $962.5 million and title to 44 million acres of land in exchange for the extinguishment of aboriginal land claims.
What we’re reading:
- Indian affairs promised to reform tribal jails. We found death, neglect and disrepair.
- Honoring Joyce Echaquan's legacy through art, music and a movement for change across Quebec.
- Residential school day scholars reach settlement with Canada.
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