During the insurrection in Washington, D.C., I was sad to read in the News Tribune about the shameful threats toward Gov. Tim Walz and his family here in Minnesota. The image that Walz shared of state troopers entering his family’s living quarters and moving his 14-year-old son to a safe location — even as the boy was crying, looking for his dog, and wondering what was going on — was one I will not forget. I sincerely empathize with what Walz and his family experienced. It had to be horrific and a parent's worst nightmare. His family’s fate was threatened. Fortunately, Walz was able to call on the State Patrol for protection.

Across northern Minnesota, the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline, owned and operated by a foreign corporation, is a threat to Anishinaabe women and relatives. As Sheila Lamb of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force said while at the governor's mansion recently, "The MMIW Task Force, the Canadian Inquiry and studies throughout the nation and world have linked extractive industries to sex trafficking and missing and murdered.”

I sincerely empathize with what Native communities are experiencing and the fear of having a loved one go missing or murdered. It must be horrific — a parent's worst nightmare. Families' fates are in Gov. Walz’s hands, and, to date, he has chosen to side with a foreign corporation over the safety of Minnesotans.

Walz can answer who those families are supposed to call on for protection. It’s not too late to protect our friends and their families by stopping Line 3 — before we lose one more person.

Jaci Christenson

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota




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