News Release

Indigenous Environmental Network

Yesterday, one person was tackled and suffered injuries while being arrested for trespassing as Enbridge continues to drill for the Line 3 pipeline near the Red Lake River without a tribal monitor. Things continue to escalate with the Sheriff showing up with dogs at the site. The last time this tactic was used water protectors were hurt at Standing Rock. Enbridge has continuously ignored the law and done work without a tribal monitor present. As of 5 p.m. eviction threat still remains intact but the Red Lake Treaty Camp is prepared to hold their ground and defend the Old Crossing Treaty of 1863.

One land defender was arrested for trespassing at the Red Lake Treaty Camp in northern Minnesota on June 22, 2021 as efforts grow to stop the construction of Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline. (Photo courtesy of Indigenous Environmental Network)

Pictured: One land defender was tackled and suffered injuries while being arrested for trespassing.

“Forcing tribal members to confront a police attack dog is not only reminiscent of the worst era this country has lived through, it is illegal,” said Red Lake Nation Tribal Secretary Sam Strong. “Authorities bringing a dog to terrorize water protectors? This is a traumatic replay of what happened at Standing Rock.”

The Red Lake Tribal Council recently appointed tribal member Sasha Beaulieu to serve as the Band’s Tribal Cultural Resource Monitor with respect to the Line 3 pipeline construction project. This appointment allows for monitoring and protection of archaeological sites under the National Historic Preservation Act, yet Ms. Beaulieu’s appointment has been ignored by Enbridge and she has not been able to monitor their work.

“We need the right representatives in place to protect our land, water, and rice beds,” said Sasha Beaulieu. “Enbridge is attempting to transport the dirtiest fossil fuel in the world at the expense of our most sacred food.”

“The killing of our wild rice beds is an act of genocide,” said Sam Strong. “A strong reminder of when the army killed all the buffalo in the 1800s to starve and remove the tribes from their land.”

A permit from the Red Lake Tribal Council authorizes the Red Lake Treaty Camp through Dec. 21, 2021. (Photo courtesy of the Indigenous Environmental Network)

Pictured: The Red Lake Tribal Council permit for the Red Lake Treaty Camp.

The Tribal Council previously permitted a Treaty Camp, which is in Pennington County on public land within the territory that was ceded to the United States by the Red Lake and Pembina Bands through the Old Crossing Treaty of 1863. In violation of the Native American Religious Freedom Act, Enbridge has moved forward with construction, interrupting ceremony.

“We will continue to fight for the water, the land and the treaties,” said Sasha Beaulieu. “ Our future generations depend on us stopping Line 3.”

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. Indigenous Environmental Network’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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