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Indigenous Environmental Network

On January 22nd, the Karankawa Kadla and 400 allies protested against the Enbridge terminal expansion in Corpus Christi outside of Bank of America on 2501 S Congress Ave in Austin, Texas. As part of an active lawsuit against Enbridge, the largest transporter of crude oil and tar sands in the nation, the Karankawa Kadla and allies are organizing protests across Texas to stop the development of the Enbridge terminal. They seek accountability from Enbridge and Bank of America, one of the major funders of the expansion, for developing on Indigenous land without consent and the environmental destruction of the Gulf Coast.

“Today was amazing. I am inspired by everything that happened today. This is just the beginning. For a long time we have felt alone while doing the work. It is tiring and emotional. To see so many people care and stand with our tribe, it was beautiful. People have power, we have power and this is just the beginning. I 'm looking forward to more people joining the fight, expect us!” said Love Sanchez, Karankawa Kadla, Indigenous Peoples of the Gulf Coast.

The Enbridge terminal expansion is planned to be constructed in the ancestral settlement and land of the Karankawa Kadla, where thousands of sacred Karankawa artifacts remain and ceremony and prayer have continued for the past 2,000 years. If the expansion of the Enbridge terminal on Karankawa land continues, the Karankawa Kadla will lose direct access to their land and ancestral artifacts in addition to the pollution of sacred natural waters within the region, violating several U.S. water protection laws.

“The land we now call America is under attack by the fossil fuel industry. This call to action on the 22nd is to call for the cancelation of a planned Enbridge Expansion on Karankawa land.” said Chiara Beaumont.” We are calling for no more fossil fuels, no more pushing indigenous folks off their land, no more waiting for things to get better.

To get involved in the ongoing fight for Karankawa landback, please visit our social media:

Website: www.stopenbridge.com Instagram: @indigenous_peoples_361

Email: Stopenbridgeaustintx@protonmail.com

indigenouspeoplecoastalbend@gmail.com

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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