Two weeks ago, more than a dozen Fond du Lac tribal police members were present at an informational meeting for band members on Enbridge's Line 3 agreement with the tribe. Debra Topping, an elder with some literature asking for a referendum vote on the proposal, was pushed aside, searched, and asked for a tribal ID. The Fond du Lac Band agreement is lucrative — more than $250 million, based on milestones and agreements. In turn, the Fond du Lac band has committed to ensure the project's future in its territory. The question is: at what cost?
The administration of President Donald Trump recently announced a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels to bolster, one assumes, a dying fossils-fuels industry and, possibly, to promote "Made in the USA." At the same time, the solar industry is predicting some significant declines in the market, especially in utility scale. These tariffs may reduce projected new solar construction in the U.S. by 7.6 gigawatts over the next five years, according to GTM Research. We shall see.
A match is a simple moment: a flick of a hand, some phosphorus, and hope is kindled. Ishkodeke: the making of fire. I have this great sadness in my heart over the closure of the Diamond Match company in Cloquet. It's sort of irrational in a way, the closure of a match company, but to me it's symbolic of the choices we make in labor and jobs and how we think.
There is this magical made-up time between Columbus Day (or Indigenous People's Day for the enlightened) and Thanksgiving where white Americans think about native people. That's sort of our window. November is Native American Heritage month. Before that, of course, is Halloween. Until about three years ago, one of the most popular Halloween costumes was Pocahontas. People know nothing about us, but they like to dress up like us or have us as a mascot.
Why do water protectors face arrest and imprisonment? Portrayed as reckless, many water protectors feel their actions are necessary and call on a long history of civil and human rights movements.
It's bizarre that a country known for the l980 killing of Archbishop Oscar Romero, six Jesuit priests, and thousands more in the El Salvadoran Civil War — the "dirty wars" — would take a world lead for the environment. But on March 29, the El Salvadoran legislature voted to prohibit all mining for gold and other metals, making El Salvador the first country in the world to impose a nationwide ban on metal mining.
Enbridge is going to need to do some accounting for us all. Around the same time the energy company announced the cancellation of its proposed Sandpiper pipeline, after a four-year...
The year 1968 was a long time ago. It was glorious. The 1960s. As a 9-year-old, I marveled at bellbottoms, the music and an era that stretched into the ’70s. It’s still about my favorite genre. I think that’s called “old school.” We were at the height of the Vietnam War with 50,000-plus American casualties and countless Vietnamese dead. Lyndon Johnson was president, and it was before Richard Nixon was president and impeached. This was before the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and just after the passage of the U.S.
On Oct. 23, the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and dinner at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, noting this year Enbridge’s contributions to growth in Northeastern Minnesota. The keynote speaker was Al Monaco, Enbridge’s CEO and president. Minnesota is slated to be the next superhighway for oil in North America, and the Twin Ports are a critical piece for this development.
Enbridge has announced it is looking for a new tribal relations specialist for northern Minnesota. They are hiring. This is going to be interesting, particularly since no tribal government, Native organization or, let’s just say, traditional Native person in the North seems to want Enbridge’s proposed Sandpiper pipeline. Chairwoman Karen Diver of the Fond du Lac Ojibwe wrote a letter last month expressing significant concerns about both the pipeline and Enbridge’s safety record in light of significant tribal-harvesting interests.