Through the combined efforts of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), MN350.org, and the Sierra club, Marty Cobenais of IEN began an encampment on the Red Lake reservation to halt the current pipelines running through tribal land, as well as stop the expansion of said pipelines.
On June 26th, members of MN350.org
, an advocacy group committed to climate change, organized a bus tour to the Red Lake reservation to see, first hand, the pipelines that run through the lakes, marshes and vast stretches of land.
Cobenais served as the tour guide as we were lead from pumping stations to the tank farm in Clearbrook.
The ultimate goal, "... they still owe us the restitution for 64 years," Cobenais
With the aide and support of some Red Lake tribal members who are committed to the cause, the idea came through, "No great planning, just luck," Cobenais
We're like the beginning and once it leaves Canada its coming to Minnesota so that's why Marty kept saying if we can stop it here we help a lot of the United states and other parts of the world" Kathy Hollander explained, citizen advocate for MN350.
I think that were bringing attention to it so that it actually probably helps the tribal council get Enbridge to the table to even talk about it and try and figure something out," Cobenais
There are ways to help from the cities and especially for those on the Red Lake reservation, help at the encampment is needed and it is an exercise of their tribal rights to stand against the pipelines, as Cobenais
stated, "We have our own real true sovereignty so lets do this.