Indigenous Environmental Network
On Tuesday, October 12th, two Water Protectors demanding Biden Stop Line 3 climbed the flagpole outside the Army Corp North Atlantic Division Office, took the U.S. flag down and replaced it with a Free Informed and Prior Consent flag that read “Consultation is not Consent.”
This action comes a day after Indigenous Peoples Day protests where “Expect Us” was written on the Andrew Jackson statue outside of the White House and 130 Indigenous leaders and allies were arrested outside of the White House on Indigenous Peoples’ Day demanding President Biden declare a climate emergency and stop approving fossil fuel projects.
About 900 people have been arrested in peaceful actions resisting Line 3 pipeline construction. With the announcement that pipeline construction is “substantially complete,” the call for a full environmental review has become more urgent because of ongoing damage to waterways along the construction route. Earlier this year, Army Corps Secretary Jamie Pinkham visited Minnesota and saw the impacts of Line 3 first-hand. He met with tribal officials and some of the water protectors who will present the petitions but has failed to follow up on commitments to address their concerns.
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.