Urgent Action: Ask Deb Haaland to stop Line 3
honor the treaties
On the night of June 27, 2021, at the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline outside Palisade in Aitkin County, MN, workers drilled and inserted a section of Line 3 under the Mississippi River.
This is a call to contact Deb Haaland, Secretary of the Department of the Interior
- The drilling happened in spite of the stop work order of the Army Corps of Engineers, which was put in place to protect a ceremonial lodge on the river banks.
- This action directly prevented Anishinaabe people from conducting ceremony at a sacred site which are rights protected under the 1855 Treaty.
- Law enforcement harassed and intimidated tribal members in violation of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act which protects the right of freedom to believe, express, and exercise their traditional religious rites, spiritual and cultural practices. These actions continued after a cease and desist order from the 1855 Treaty Authority.
- The pipeline work shook the ground and armed law enforcement escorted Enbridge workers through the sacred site during ceremony as a form of intimidation.
- These actions are a part of an ongoing pattern of harassment, surveillance, and targeting by law enforcement of Indigenous peoples attempting to exercise their treaty rights while Enbridge builds a pipeline through their treaty land.
Write or call the office of Deb Haaland to stop the construction of the Enbridge Line 3.
“I am calling to urge Secretary Haaland to advocate for upholding treaty law by stopping construction of the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota. This project is being opposed in court by the White Earth and Red Lake Nations, sovereign entities who reserve the right to hunt, fish, gather, and travel in the lands designated by the 1855 treaty. During construction we have seen direct violation of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act and treaty rights through harassment, intimidation, and interruption of ceremony by law enforcement and workers on the project. We urge you to do everything in your power to stop construction and prevent further civil rights abuses against tribal members.
Deb Haaland, Secretary
United States Department of the Interior
phone: 202-208-3100, press 3