News Release

Indigenous Environmental Network

Yesterday, frontline Indigenous youth and organizers from the Dakota Access, Line 3, Mountain Valley, KXL and Line 5 pipeline fights took over the streets of Washington, D.C. with a more than 300- foot-long snake for a series of actions to urge President Biden to Build Back Fossil Free by stopping these climate-destroying projects and upholding his commitments to climate action, Indigenous rights, and environmental justice.

Indigenous youth and organizers held a rally at the Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters building on Thursday morning, amplifying the voices of 400,000 people across the country who signed a petition calling on the Corps to withdraw its permit approving of Line 3. Then, organizers marched to Black Lives Matter plaza near the White House carrying a 300-foot-long “black snake,” representing the threat of the Enbridge Line 3 and the Dakota Access Pipelines to Indigenous communities, clean water, and our climate. Lakota youth then “counted coup” on the snake eliminating it. 

These actions brought the demands to stop these pipelines directly to Washington, D.C., amid President Biden’s stated commitments to act on the climate crisis, pursue environmental justice, and respect the rights of indigenous peoples. These pipelines will demonstrably exacerbate the climate crisis and allowing their construction would represent a major failure to listen to Indigenous leaders and communities on the frontlines of the fight against environmental injustice and to protect clean water. President Biden can avoid that by directing the Army Corps of Engineers to immediately reevaluate and suspend or revoke the Line 3 project’s Clean Water Act Section 404 permit. You can read more facts about the Line 3 pipeline here.

Note: While many of the participants are vaccinated thanks to Native Nations leading the way in vaccination rates, appropriate masking and distancing protocol were in place.

About Indigenous Environmental Network

Established in 1990, the Indigenous Environmental Network is an international environmental justice nonprofit that works with tribal grassroots organizations to build the capacity of Indigenous communities. I EN’s activities include empowering Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, the health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.

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