In northern Minnesota, Congressmember Ilhan Omar met with Indigenous leaders this weekend who are fighting to stop construction on Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. Water and land protectors are calling on President Biden to halt Line 3 and all other pipelines, after he ordered the Keystone XL pipeline to shut down on his first day in office. On Friday, water defenders climbed into the pipeline’s trenches before they were arrested, while two others locked themselves to barrels of concrete. This is Indigenous activist and lawyer Tara Houska speaking from the site of Friday’s protest.
Tara Houska: “Right now in this moment, as we sit in a pandemic that shut down the whole world, and something like this. We actually have a choice, and we’re choosing the wrong path. Anishinaabe people talked about this time that we would be in, where we’d have to choose: the path of greed and destruction or the path of brother and sisterhood and human life?”