Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

September 4, 2021

Rep. Omar and Squad at Stop Line 3 Protest in Minnesota

Rep. Omar said, “We leave more resolved than ever to fight against corporate greed,
for our planet and for indigenous women.” Photo courtesy Honor the Earth.

Photo Kevin Whelan on Twitter.


Rep Omar and the Squad urge Biden to stop Enbridge Line 3

U.S. Ilhan Rep Omar and the Squad urged President Biden to stop Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. The damage of the construction will be followed by dirty crude oil from Canada endangering the rivers, water supply and wild rice.

“They want to prioritize corporate profits over the lives of indigenous women and the future of our planet,” said U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, reports CBS Minnesota.

Photo by Kevin Whelan on Twitter:  Dawn Goodwin of RISE and Engage

Photo Kevin Whelan on Twitter

Joined by the Squad is Tara Houska who was brutally arrested, strip searched and jailed in solitary confinement, during brutal arrests by Minnesota Sheriffs' deputies at Stop Line 3 near Red Lake in Northern Minnesota.

U.S. Rep. Cori Bush said, "We came to Minnesota to join Indigenous water protectors in the fight to Stop Line 3. To protect our Mississippi River. To save Black and Indigenous lives. Solidarity is an act of joy and love."

Rep. Ilhan Omar said, "Sisterhood is powerful. Thankful to have my sisters in service in this fight to stop the Line 3 pipeline."

In the news

The Star Tribune reports: U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar stood with three congressional colleagues along the shore of the Mississippi River on Friday and asked President Joe Biden to stop construction on the nearly complete Enbridge pipeline built to transfer oil from Canada to Superior, Wis.

"We have been encouraged by Joe Biden's boldness so far," Omar said, referencing his January decision to cancel a border-crossing permit for the Keystone XL pipeline that would have carried oil from Canada to Nebraska. "Now we have another chance to reject a moving pipeline. We hope you will act."

Her message to Biden marked an intensified political push for federal intervention in the $3 billion project, the subject of a letter to the president signed by 63 elected officials Monday. In that letter, and again during a news conference Friday at Minneapolis' Boom Island Park, Omar and other Democrats said the Enbridge project has raised concerns about violations of Indigenous land treaties, violence against Indigenous women and environmental impacts.

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