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Mr. Marty Cobenais

Wrong Marty Cobenais?

Office Manager and Pipeline

Indigenous Environmental Network
P.O. Box 485
Bemidji, Minnesota 56619
United States

Company Description: The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) is a Native American environmental and economic justice organization based here in Bemidji that works with Indigenous...   more
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Contact Us | Indigenous Environmental Network
www.ienearth.org, 29 May 2014 [cached]
Marty Cobenais (Ojibwe), Office Manager & Pipeline and Heavy Haul Resistence Organizer
Tribal members fight Enbridge oil pipeline
www.ienearth.org, 28 Nov 2012 [cached]
"There's a petition process in the Minnesota Chippewa Tribes constitution, so there's an avenue in place for this,'' said Marty Cobenais, spokesman for the Indigenous Environmental Network in Bemidji.
U.S. decisions on tar sands imports will impact First Nations communities, leaders say | field notes
www.aenweb.ca, 22 Sept 2010 [cached]
Marty Cobenais knows personally what's at stake if the delegation's message doesn't get through. A member of the Red Lake Band of the Chippewa (Ojibwe), Cobenais grew up in a community in Northern Minnesota that's crisscrossed by pipelines. One sprung a leak years ago, but Cobenais says a large amount of the oil was never properly cleaned up and remains in the ground.
"I don't want to see that happen anywhere else," he said.
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"We don't need this pipeline," Cobenais said.
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Marty Cobenais, an active member of the non-profit Indigenous Environmental Network, through which he has met with Tribal Councils to encourage resolutions opposing the Keystone XL pipeline. Cobenais is a member of the Red Lake Band of the Chippewa (Ojibwe) First Nation in northern Minnesota.
New Report Reveals High Risks, No Reward of Alberta Clipper Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion | Indigenous Environmental Network
www.ienearth.org, 29 May 2014 [cached]
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.
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Winona LaDuke, Marty Cobenais and Liz Dahl at State of Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.
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Winona LaDuke, Marty Cobenais and Liz Dahl at State of Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.
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When the project was introduced, 4 people, Kathy Hollander, Stan Sattinger, Winona LaDuke (Honor the Earth), and Marty Cobenais (IEN) all walked to the front of the room and sat down at the speaker's table to speak for the group present and for the people who were unable to attend this meeting.
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IEN REPORT FROM THE FRONT LINES by Marty Cobenais
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On February 28, 2013, Marty Cobenais, a Red Lake member and a Tar Sands organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, entered the Red Lake ceded land site. Accompanied by several Red Lake Band members, Native, and non-Native supporters, Cobenais occupied the Enbridge pipelines that were considered to be illegally on Red Lake ceded land.
Blog Archives - Protect Our Manoomin
www.protectourmanoomin.org, 1 April 2010 [cached]
On February 28, 2013, Marty Cobenais, a Red Lake member and a Tar Sands organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, entered the Red Lake ceded land site. Accompanied by several Red Lake Band members, Native, and non-Native supporters, Cobenais occupied the Enbridge pipelines that were considered to be illegally on Red Lake ceded land.
Cobenais' action wasn't spontaneous. In the months preceding the occupation, he set up informational meetings in Red Lake, Bemidji, Fond du Lac, and Minneapolis to discuss environmental issues associated with Tar Sands and, in particular, Enbridge pipelines on Minnesota Anishinaabeg homelands.
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On February 21, Marty Cobenais held a meeting with Red Lake members of Nizhawendaamin Inaakiminaan (We Love Our Land) Native, and non-Native supporters at the Bemidji Eagles Club and decided to make their move and occupy the ceded land site at Leonard. On the 27th, Cobenais issued a list of camp rules: 1.) No drugs; 2.) No alcohol; 3.) Be peaceful; 4.) Be law abiding; 5.) Be respectful.
On the morning of the 28th, Cobenais sent out a message:
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Cobenais has emphasized that the Enbridge Encampment is not a blockade. He said the focus of the encampment is to draw attention that Enbridge is illegally on sovereign Red Lake land, and to encourage a dialogue between Enbridge and the Red Lake Tribal Council to resolve the issue of removal of the pipelines.
Originally, the goal of the encampment was to hold the ground for 72 hours. It was believed that Enbridge would shut down the oil flow after 72 hours as a safety regulation. After the time period passed, the oil continued to flow. Cobenais said Enbridge chose not to initiate the 72 hour regulation.
Since its inception, the Enbridge Encampment has grown. In addition to firewood, supporters have brought gifts of manoomin (wild rice), ogaawag (walleye) waawaashkeshiwi-wiiyaas (venison), and other essential foodstuffs. A nisawa`igan (tipi), gischitwaa-ishkode (sacred fire), and maskhkiki-mitig (medicine pole) have been erected over the pipelines.
Cobenais said: "Spirits are high, and we are strong.
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