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The operator of a Michigan oil pipeline said it temporarily shut down Line 5 Tuesday after protesters warned the company that they planned to turn an emergency valve.

Video posted on social media showed someone with a hard hat and a wrench inside a fenced area in Tuscola County, 90 miles north of Detroit. A man outside the fence sang and played an electric guitar.

A sign warned against trespassing and said the property belonged to Enbridge Energy.

“We respect the rights of others to express their views on the energy we all use, but today’s pipeline tampering incident involving Enbridge was not a lawful protest. It was a criminal activity that put people and the environment at risk,” said Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy.

This July 19, 2002, file photo, shows the Mackinac Bridge that spans the Straits of Mackinac from Mackinaw City, Michigan. Supporters and opponents of a proposed oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Great Lakes channel are making their case to federal officials. The Army Corps of Engineers hosted an online public hearing Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, on Enbridge's application for a permit. The Canadian pipeline company wants to drill a nearly 4-mile (6.4-kilometer) tunnel through bedrock under the Straits of Mackinac that would house a replacement for twin pipes that have run along the bottom of the waterway connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan for 67 years.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

He said the pipeline’s flow was temporarily stopped from a control center “out of an abundance of caution to protect communities, first responders and the protesters.”

Line 5 moves about 23 million gallons of oil and natural gas liquids daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario, traversing parts of northern Michigan and Wisconsin.

A roughly 4-mile segment divides into two pipes that cross the Straits of Mackinac, which connects Lake Huron and Lake MichiganREAD MORE. — VASSAR/The Associated Press


Seneca artist Marie Watt is having a real moment in the art world. After decades of teaching she is making art from organic experiences of sewing circles and stacked blankets that create sunrises.

Her work is in multiple museum collections, she was featured in the knockout show, “Larger Than Memory” at the Heard Museum last year, has two current museum exhibits, and had a solo booth exhibit at the recent Armory Show in New York City.

Seneca artist Marie Watt stands in her Portland, Oregon, studio in 2016 with a two-panel work featuring a nursing wolf, made from reclaimed blankets and thread. (Photo by Robbie McLaran, courtesy of Marie Watt)

Her work is based on blankets and sewing and the community that arises from those items and activities. Her roots on Turtle Island loom large as well.

“I feel like I've been a working artist for a long time,” she told Indian Country Today by phone from her home in Portland, Oregon. “And I feel like it might be one of the first times where I think, maybe after I turned 50, I thought, ‘Oh, I guess this is what I'm going to do.’ I used to always feel like, ‘Well, I can go back teaching if this doesn’t work.’” READ more.Sandra Hale Schulman, special to Indian Country Today

Editor’s note: Starting today, Indian Country Today will publish a weekly news roundup every Wednesday of some of the key coverage about Indigenous peoples around the world.

Since the United Nations declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples on Sept. 13, 2007, Indigenous peoples around the world continue to go through untold suffering, brutality, racism, harassment and even death because of who they are. Here’s a roundup of stories for the week of Oct. 10-17... READ more.Deusdedit Ruhangariyo, special to Indian Country Today

WASHINGTON — Oklahoma Indigenous activists came to the nation’s capital last week to urge President Joe Biden to stop all fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency.

Casey Camp-Horinek, councilwoman and hereditary drumkeeper of the Womens' Scalp Dance Society of the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma, and JoKay Dowell, Indigenous Environmental Network organizer and a member of the Cherokee Nation, started protesting on Monday when the rallies officially began. They will stay in Washington until the conclusion of the protests.

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"We have to stop selling out to the corporations and protect the people who are what this country is all about," Dowell said.

Indigenous environmental activists hold a sign that says “respect us or expect us” outside the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers headquarters. (Photo by Robert Viamontes/Gaylord News)

Black Tiger, a cultural preservationist and Indigenous hip hop artist from the Pawnee and Seminole nations, arrived in Washington last Friday to perform at the Indigenous Peoples Day Event. He stayed to support the rally and said organizers asked him to perform… READ more. Robert Viamontes, Gaylord News

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A Seminole man who was a member of a Native American prison gang pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges connected to separate homicides, federal prosecutors announced.

Matthew Onesimo Armstrong, 32, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and to using a firearm during a crime of violence in connection with the May 2015 killing of Scotty Candler. Another man, John Douglas Knight, has been charged with killing Candler, and a jury trial in that case is set for January.

Armstrong also pleaded guilty to murder in Indian Country and kidnapping in connection to the April 2017 killing of Nicole Owl near Armstrong’s home in Seminole, Oklahoma, prosecutors said. According to an FBI agent’s affidavit in the case, Armstrong believed Owl stole money and drugs from him, tied her to a tree, shot her twice and then helped bury her in a shallow grave.

Armstrong faces up to life in prison when he’s sentenced in a few months. — The Associated Press

Charles “Chuck” F. Sams III is one step closer to becoming the first Native American to lead the National Park Service after senators began formally considering his nomination.

Charles “Chuck” F. Sams III, who would become the first Indigenous person to lead the National Park Service, answered questions during a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 (Screenshot of hearing)

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources took the next step in the confirmation process during the Tuesday hearing, where senators asked about Sams’ priorities if confirmed as well as how his 25-year background in tribal administration and nonprofit natural resource and conservation management would apply to the job. He currently serves on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and is a Navy veteran.

Sams is Cayuse and Walla Walla, of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon, where he lives with his wife and family... READ more.Chris Aadland, Indian Country Today


The Maryland Terrapins volleyball team started the 2021 season with an impressive win streak, which included arguably the program’s biggest win against No. 2 Wisconsin.

One of the key reasons the Division I program rolled early and head into conference play with only one loss is the dominant play of senior middle blocker Rainelle Jones, Peguis First Nation descendent. Jones, 21, set season highs with 11 kills against Temple and 11 blocks against Wisconsin. The 6-foot-3-inch star leads the nation with 1.9 blocks/set and was recently named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

It wasn’t until Sept. 26 that Maryland lost its first match at Minnesota... READ more. — Dan Ninham, special to Indian Country Today

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