FIGHTING THE LINE 3 TAR SANDS PIPELINE
From Minnesota to San Francisco
2021 was the year that Indigenous Anishinaabe women in Minnesota led a massive struggle to protect the water and stop the completion of the Line 3 tar sands pipeline set to cross pristine watersheds in the northern and central part of the state. As the icy Mississippi River thawed in the spring, the Anishinaabe “water protectors” put out a call for people across the country to come to Minnesota to stand with them in the fight. Many from the Bay Area answered the call while many others organized solidarity actions locally to raise awareness and increase the pressure on the Biden administration to stop the pipeline.
As the summer progressed with over 1000 arrests and all challenges to the pipeline failing, a 256 mile Treaty People* Walk for Water set off from the Mississippi headwaters headed to the state capitol in St Paul. 18 days later, thousands joined the walkers for the final miles of the walk into the capital. The Treaty People Walk for Water called on Minnesota Governor Walz to honor the treaties, respect indigenous sovereignty, protect the water and sacred wild rice lakes, and revoke the permits for the Line 3 tar sands pipeline for the health of the planet and future generations.
While these efforts ultimately failed to stop the pipeline, they succeeded in bringing together thousands of people across the country to join in an indigenous women-led movement to protect future generations.
*The concept of “Treaty People” acknowledges that the treaties signed between Native Peoples and colonial powers are the established law of the land. Ensuring that these treaties are honored is the duty of the ancestors of both those signing groups.
We are all Treaty People.
“Protect Water, Honor Treaties, Stop Line 3”
May, 2021 – Minnesota Governor’s Mansion, St Paul, Minnesota
Lakota grandmother from South Dakota stands with Anishinaabe grandmothers, Twin Cities grandmothers and dozens of grandmothers from the Bay Area in front of the MN Governor’s mansion to demand that Governor Walz keep his campaign promise and stop the Line 3 tar sands pipeline.
Tipis at the Minnesota State Capitol – Protesting the Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline
August, 2021 – Tipis await the arrival of thousands of walkers with the Treaty People Walk for Water. Indigenous Ceremony would be held at these Tipis for 2 days following the arrival of the walkers amidst rising tension with Capital security.
PROTECT Our Water – NO LINE 3
August, 2021 – On the banks of the Mississippi River
Multiple Generations of Anishinaabe Women at Governor’s Mansion
Stop Line 3
May, 2021 – Grandmothers Rally at Minnesota Governor’s Mansion, St Paul
Winona LaDuke at the Minnesota State Capital
Executive director and co-founder of Honor the Earth, a Native environmental advocacy organization with a central role in the fight to stop the Line 3 pipeline. (she was also the Green Party vice presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000)
Treaty People Walk for Water – Indigenous Ribbon Skirts
Starting at the headwaters of the Mississippi River, the indigenous led Treaty People Walk for Water is seen here on Day 15 of an 18 day, 256 mile walk to the Minnesota state capital.
“DEFUND Line 3” – Golden Gate Bridge
Projections at Crissy Field were one of many Bay Area actions organized in solidarity with the indigenous women-led campaign in Minnesota to stop the Line 3 tar sands pipeline.
Large Solidarity Actions in San Francisco
WELLS FARGO: PROTECT FUTURE GENERATIONS – DEFUND LINE 3 & FOSSIL FUELS!
San Francisco Financial District
Wells Fargo World Headquarters
April 9, 2021
Solidarity Action in San Francisco Financial District
April, 2021 – Young Indigenous women paint a section of a giant street mural calling on Wells Fargo to stop funding the Line 3 tar sands pipeline.