I wrote in June about how the US government had violated its treaty with Native American tribes by allowing Enbridge to install Pipeline 3 (Line 3) on their land – without their consent. This is a clear violation of indigenous treaty rights, but politicians and corporations don’t really care – and they continue to colonize their lands. Yes colonization. By the way, there was already a leak from line 3.
This article is in two parts. One of them is the news of the third line leak, which has not been widely reported. I found this out while searching for information for the other part of this article – which is about how Aboriginal Water Protectors need our help.
Line 3 oil spill
mainpost She stated that Enbridge’s leak of drilling fluids into the Willow River during the construction of Line 3 proves that the company should not be allowed to self-censor. The article noted that hours after the spill was reported, cleanup had finally begun. They waited hours and let the oil flow into the waterway before starting the cleaning. However, I haven’t seen any other media talk about the oil spill from Line 3 in the Willow River.
The truth is, these companies don’t care about our planet, and our nation doesn’t care about the treaties it has with indigenous people. And they don’t care about our drinking water. We’ll all end up choking on their own greed.
Native Americans need our help
Original TikTokers like Modern Warrior, Quiiroi (pronounced Korean) and many others have posted videos about it and I stand with them. Modern Warrior often speaks out against the hatred, discrimination, and bullying of Indigenous people which, unfortunately, continues to this day. He is a famous influencer who helps spread awareness about the protest against Line 3.
Quiiroi, Helix and Lee
Modern Warrior explained that Quiiroi and her friends, Helix and Lee, had gone to Minnesota to support the area’s indigenous tribe in a protest on Line 3. However, they would have to leave—all of them—because the area would not be safe for them or them. The tribes that live there. Note: They will not be able to use their land area where the pipeline is being laid. And when it spills again, their food and water supply will be damaged. How is this not colonialism?
“They’re there now and they’re having some issues,” Modern Warrior said in the video. “They need your support.”
Quiiroi, Helix, and Lee are at Red Lake River, and Quiiroi explained that these would be their last few hours at camp. “We have to move for safety reasons.” In their video, they were asking for donations and Helix explained that they would be buying solar panels and U-Haul trucks. Quiiroi explained that they need items like solar panels, U-hauls, and even socks and underwear. Although she didn’t mention it, I’m sure they need food and other necessities too.
He explained to me that the area they were in would not be safe and that they would have to leave. Please note that she already mentioned the name of the area, but she spoke so quickly that I couldn’t recognize the name, so I refer to it as the area.
“Police are very relaxed and we have to get closer to the reserve for safety. We think the tube can be placed anywhere between 48 to 72 hours. It’s a very small window and we have a $2,000 donation target,” Quiiroi said.
Now, before you think so, “Well, they shouldn’t be outside anyway—they should be at home or work,”Let me remind you that this land belongs to the indigenous peoples and it is the USA and Enbridge who are violating their treaties. Imagine if the police came to your house and told you that you should leave because this is theirs now. We are supposed to have constitutional rights that protect us from that, but we can’t even honor our treaties with the natives from whom we stole the land (many of whom were killed by colonialism).
If you’d like to donate to help Quiiroi and her friends, you can do so here. Quiiroi and her friends aren’t the only ones protesting Line 3 on TikTok. Modern Warrior shared a video by Giiwedinindizhinikaaz or North Wind, whose main focus is stopping Line 3.
In one of the videos, he woke up to the noise of the Enbridge workers. What I’m looking for is a complete disregard for treaty rights. A foreign multinational oil company prepares to drill under one of the sacred rivers in Anishinaabeg. The tar sands oil that will be released through this pipeline is sent to China for the foreign economy. So only the United States bears all the risks. Minnesota and its people bear all the risks.”
Native American lands remain a colony to this day. This land belongs to them, but the United States uses it to please some companies. All appeals to President Biden fell on deaf ears. in June, Nexus Media She stated that the Biden administration sided with Enbridge when it filed a memo asking the federal court to dismiss a legal challenge from tribes and environmental groups over the construction of Line 3.
Minnesota Public Radio It reported that Enbridge received a modified permit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, allowing it to pump nearly 10 times as much water from the land to build the pipeline. Therefore, the administration not only ignored the pleas of people whose treaty the United States (again) violated, but also largely said, “do more. ”
This is not only a slap in the face for the Native Americans, but a violation of their lands, treaties, and basic human rights. Most of the land on which Line 3 is built includes 200 streams that provide water for rice and drinking crops. One such waterway is the headwaters of the Mississippi River, which is a source of drinking water for over 18 million people—myself included.
The worst is yet to come
I’ll be honest: I think the worst is yet to come. Given that Native Americans are being ignored and watching their lands being taken over by the United States and given to foreign companies, it is inevitable. Line 3 will be built and will destroy the Earth. I mean, there was already a leak!
I think we have to change our strategy. Yes, we need the support of indigenous peoples especially when they need our help, but we need to be prepared for what’s coming too. Disasters will happen – Enbridge has already proven it. The media is likely to ignore them unless you benefit from them in some way. There has to be some kind of plan to help the Native Americans who might flee their lands because of the oil spill.