Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

June 10, 2021

Keystone XL Pipeline Ditched: One black snake is dead

Jasilyn Charger, Lakota, 25, faced sentencing for defending the water, the same day Keystone XL developers announced it was cancelled.

By Brenda Norrell

Censored News

June 10, 2021

TC Energy confirmed Wednesday that it canceled the Keystone XL pipeline. There were celebrations throughout Indian country, as the ten year fight came to an end.

On the same day, Jasilyn Charger, Cheyenne River Lakota, 25, faced court sentencing in South Dakota, after recently being arrested in defense of the water at a Keystone XL construction site.

The battle was long.

Debra White Plume, Oglala Lakota, was arrested at the White House protesting Keystone XL Pipeline in 2011. Debra passed to the Spirit World before Wednesday's victory.

On the same day that the death of this Black Snake of dirty crude oil originating in  Alberta, Canada, was announced, a new Water Protector camp was being established in Northern Minnesota.

Fire Light Camp has now stopped construction at the Headwaters of the Mississippi for three days at a planned drill site of Enbridge Line 3 pipeline.

Treaty People Gathering, Northern Minnesota 

The new camp was established as hundreds locked down and locked arms in blockades, in Northern Minnesota to stop Enbridge Line 3, during the Treaty People Gathering, June 5 -- 8. More than 150 were arrested.

More than 2,000 attended the gathering.

TC Energy said the Keystone XL Project was terminated after consulting with its partner, the Government of Alberta, Canada, due to the U.S. Presidential revocation of its permit on Jan. 20, 2021. 

"TC Energy Corporation confirmed today that after a comprehensive review of its options, and in consultation with its partner, the Government of Alberta, it has terminated the Keystone XL Pipeline Project (the Project),"

"Construction activities to advance the Project were suspended following the revocation of its Presidential Permit on January 20, 2021."  TC Energy statement

Meanwhile, back in South Dakota, a celebration was underway at Cheyenne River, where Lakota have been on the frontlines of the fight against both Keystone XL Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline.

Jasilyn Charger received no jail time on Wednesday, but was sentenced to six months probation, for making a stand for the water on her homeland in South Dakota.

"I did my best but it hurt a lot to be talked to like what I did was wrong and had no right to this land," Jasilyn said after her court appearance on Wednesday.

Jasilyn is among the Lakota youths who ran to Washington D.C. before the Standing Rock Camp was created in 2016 to protect the Missouri River from the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Back in Northern Minnesota at Fire Light Camp today, Water Protectors invited others who are peaceful to join them in the protection of the Headwaters of the Mississippi River from Enbridge Line 3.

There are three meals a day being served. Bring your tent and camping gear, Water Protectors said.

Govinda is in Northern Minnesota, live from the ground. Today we hear about about this long fight to stop Enbridge Line 3. New today, June 10. Watch video:

Line 3 Mobilization

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