at a meeting of red lake chippewa indians and allies at the sacred fire on tuesday, the community came to consensus that since enbridge had failed to stop the flow of petroleum through the pipelines under red lake land, an escalation in tactics was needed. typically, if there are vehicles, camp fires or other manifestations of an occupation three feet above a pipeline, the oil company has an obligation to cease operating the pipelines in the interest of safety.
however, in this instance, enbridge doesn’t seem to care about mortality. in any case, support from red lake tribal members has helped this encampment continue. in nine days, we have managed to keep the camp safe and operational. there is a kitchen complete with a wood stove, a fish house that can comfortably house five, a tepee, a few tents, a constant presence of people and yes, even two compost toilets.
just yesterday, a man walked on to this sovereign nation land, without stopping to ask for permission from the red lake indians present, and when confronted by a tribal member, he responded, “i am here to check on the pipelines.” at that point he was asked to leave, but as he left, the on site activist-journalists followed him. his truck was flanked by a police-type sedan with two occupants.
there is talk of using this piece of land to build a teach-in center for children. that kind of a structure would certainly merit a shut down of the four pipelines. and what if it doesn’t? well, we’ll just have to wait and see now won’t we
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