News Release

Indigenous Environmental Network

Red Lake River near Thief River Falls, Minnesota

Who / What

At Red Lake, Enbridge is operating machinery at the Red Lake River Crossing in violation of an order from the Red Lake Nation, despite instructions from the Red Lake Tribal Attorney, Joe Plumber and Sasha Beaulieu, who is now serving as the Band’s Tribal Cultural Resource Monitor, on site.

Where

Red Lake Treaty Camp:

(48.0409087, -96.2091660) Near Thief River Falls

Why

The Red Lake Tribal Council recently appointed Sasha Beaulieu to serve as the Band’s Tribal Cultural Resource Monitor with respect to the Line 3 pipeline construction project. 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. 

Mississippi River near Palisade, Minnesota

Who / What

At the Water Protectors Welcome Center, Enbridge workers have entered the area of protected cultural site at the shore of the Mississippi River. According to a livestream from the site, Aitkin County Sheriffs with MN DNR entered the site threatening arrests at about 2:30 p.m. today. There is a formal stop work order at that site, and a refusal to talk with the 1855 Treaty Authority about the legal requirements.

Where

Next to the Welcome Water Protector Center, 59057 Great River Rd, Palisade, MN 56469

Why

According to Shanai Mattson, Palisade Water Protector, “officials know they need to talk to 1855 treaty authority. They left after escorting workers through, but there is a formal stop-work order on that site. Aitkin County with MN DNR came in threatening arrests about an hour ago..o they did so in violation of that order”

Winona LaDuke from Honor the Earth and others headed to the prayer lodge.

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.

Learn more here: ienearth.org