Photos/text by Chris Trinh / Environmental Indigenous Network
Enbridge, a Canadian multinational company, is constructing its Line 3 oil pipeline across Anishinaabe land in northern Minnesota to carry tar sands from Alberta, Canada to Superior, WI. An indigenous-led movement has been ongoing for years, with protests ramping up this past summer as drilling under 20 river crossings began.
Camp Migizi, Namewag, Welcome Water Protectors Center, Shell Camp, Manoomin Camp and Red Lake Treaty Camp are among the resistance camps that formed along the pipeline route in Minnesota in order to provide a home base for water protectors fighting the pipeline.
Water protectors lock down to construction equipment, form peaceful blockades to raise awareness about violation of indigenous sovereignty, destruction of nature, and that the MN DNR granted Enbridge permits to pump 5 billion gallons of water during a historic drought.
Over 800 protestors have been arrested while trying to stop the pipeline. For this type of climate activism, more than 80 of these arrestees are being charged with felony theft, and could face years in prison.