Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Native Attorney Tara Houska 'People were shot in their faces, a young woman's head was split open.' Brutal arrests at Enbridge's Line 3 Minnesota
Monday, August 2, 2021
|Photo Tara Houska|
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota -- Native attorney Tara Houska was shot with rubber bullets and jailed by Sheriffs deputies, bought and paid for by Enbridge and its dirty crude oil.
Tara has just been released from jail after brutal attacks on Water Protectors near Red Lake in northern Minnesota. Water Protectors are defending the rivers from pipeline construction by the Canadian corporation Enbridge and its dangerous tar sands crude oil on Line 3.
Pennington County Sheriff's deputies based in Thief River Falls, with Sheriffs deputies from throughout the state of Minnesota, have targeted, abused and jailed Native Water Protectors -- grandmothers, women and youth -- during the past week.
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Sunday, August 1, 2021
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Tweet @govtimwalz @ltgovflanagan and call Pennington County Jail (218)681-6161 and demand: Sample script: "I am calling today to demand that water protectors are treated humanely and fairly, that their dietary needs are respected and their medications be given properly."
The mass action comes as another spill was reported on the Mississippi River headwaters, where Enbridge has continued to drill despite a temporary halt buffer zone issued by White Earth Nation.
Last week, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, along with numerous representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, met with two Anishinaabe nations, tribal representatives, and land defenders to tour portions of Line 3 construction, wild rice beds, and spill sites. The Army Corps and the White House remain silent.
“I’m standing in opposition of industrial development of my treaty territory by a foreign corporation,” said John Shimek, Red Lake Nation. “An estimated 20 percent of the freshwater supply left on the planet exists in my treaty territory, it’s my obligation to protect it for my children and all future generations.”
Twenty people were arrested and are currently being held in Pennington county till Monday.
Enbridge has been pumping thousands of gallons of water to flush the pipe and dewatering entire lakes and streams.
An activist and their mother locked down together in solidarity with their Indigenous kin in an act of love and bravery. Two other young people locked down to machinery to shut down the work site. One water protector locked down near an active water pump that was pumping hundreds of gallons of water and overflowing onto them, as workers laughed nearby with no regard for their safety. A deputy from the Red Lake Sheriff came over and did nothing to stop the pump.
Sheriffs from all over Minnesota arrived at the scene showing once again that the police response to water protectors is excessive force against the struggle to stop line 3.
"I’m here in solidarity with my Indigenous and Black and Brown relatives, I’m an accomplice and if you want to be an accomplice you have to be here doing this work. You got to lock down, you gotta be taking action.
"I’m here not only as an ally, but as an accomplice, because I’m putting my body on the line. I’m putting myself to the machine."
"And here on the other side I have my mother, she’s sixty-eight years old and she’s out here. She’s doing this work because she cares and she’s an accomplice too, so I urge you, if you’re listening to this, please get out here, we need you. We need accomplices."
"Hi I’m the mother of an accomplice which is on the other side of this device, and I just want to say to all the mothers out there, if your child is involved in activism with regard to line 3, it would be really great if you could be here too, and show your support for your offspring and become an accomplice and a water protector, its really important work and I invite you to join."
Seven water protectors are still being held in Polk County jail facing misdemeanor charges, being kept over the long weekend in another display of elevating punitive measures against water protectors.
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Sadistic Clearwater Sheriff Deputy's Brutal Arrest of Grandmother at Stop Line 3 'He's Breaking My Hand'
|"You're hurting me!"|
Deputy Yocum attempted to break her hand, as documented in the video below.
"What if I was your grandmother, what if I was your mother," the grandmother cried out.
"You're hurting me!"
"You are committing environmental genocide. This is an environmental emergency," she called out.
"He's breaking my hand!"
Authorities in Loma de Bacum learned about the disappearance and gathered the community to take action, decided to wait for them that afternoon and didn't arrive. So the next morning they left the mountains to search for them in four vans with traditional authority surveillance and some volunteers. They only found the scattered baggage of three of them, a piola (rope) and a burnt cow.