Just last year, the world watched a standoff between tribal nations and the oil industry in North Dakota. Will Minnesota follow in North Dakota’s footsteps?
Can Minnesota prevent another Standing Rock standoff? Perhaps, but it must act quickly.
Most are familiar with last year’s controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock reservation. Fewer know of the Enbridge corporation’s Line 3 reroute and expansion through northern Minnesota, highlighted by Winona LaDuke’s recent column in the Star Tribune. Line 3 will carry tar sands from Canada through Minnesota to Wisconsin. Along the way, it will traverse Ojibwe treaty territory, potentially intruding on ancient wild rice beds, village sites, graves and other sacred places. Line 3 dangerously resembles Dakota Access.