Winona LaDuke

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Earlier this month, twelve of the 17-members of the  MPCA's Environmental Justice Advisory Group resigned after the agency approved a key water quality permit for the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project.

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Winona LaDuke is angry, and she's not pulling any punches.

Enbridge is prepared to begin construction on the controversial Line 3 project next Tuesday, and LaDuke, a longtime environmental activist and the executive director of Honor the Earth, is fed up.

"This is a disaster for the environment, civil rights and the government," she says.  "The least the governor could do is issue a stay.

"We would like the dogs called off. Enbridge wants to push this through before the pandemic is over and in the middle of winter. And that's wrong."

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In years past Honor the Earth was able to host an annual gala event at Bayfront Festival Park to raise grant funding for native organizations.  In May of this year, undaunted by the challenges of a pandemic, two of the Honor the Earth cofounders, Winona LaDuke, and Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls, staged an online music event that raised $230,000 of grant money that will be awarded to 50 native organizations around the U.S.

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Winona LaDuke is feeling pretty good today. 

The longtime Native American activist and advocate for sustainable development, renewable energy and local food systems is getting some rain on her crops this morning, and Monday, a district court ruled that the Dakota Access Pipeline must be shut down and drained of oil by August 5th.

LaDuke, also the executive director of the group Honor the Earth, has been battling the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota as well as the Enbridge Line 3 project in Northern Minnesota for years.

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Honor The Earth’s Winona LaDuke in a wide-ranging conversation about the Green New Deal, the Husky Energy refinery explosion a year later, Line 3 and the work Native communities are doing to move toward clean, sustainable energy.

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In an address she called "Black Snake Chronicles: police, courts and victories," Winona LaDuke provides an update on the status of native resistance to pipelines, including three new landmarks in native resistance in Canada, Minnesota, and North Dakota.

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Winona LaDuke on restoring ethics to public policy, competing ethoses and how to convince "humans to do good things, not just for the one percent, but for all of us."

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Honor the Earth's  third annual "Love Water, Not Oil" tour continues across Northern Minnesota, a journey by horse and canoe along the proposed new Sandpiper/Line 3 oil pipeline corridor.

Honor the Earth is a Native-led environmental organization formed in 1993 by activist and environmentalist Winona LaDuke of White Earth  and Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers.

The tour comes at a time when many Native communities are not only questioning the pipeline proposals, but challenging the state's rights to regulate ricing and fishing in defiance of the 1855 Treaty.