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Water Protectors Lock Down: Stop Drilling of Shell River of Enbridge Line 3



Water Protectors Lock Down to Line 3 Horizontal Direction Drill, Stop Drilling of Shell River

By Giniw Collective
Contact: giniw@protonmail.com
July 20, 2021

SHELL CITY TOWNSHIP, Minnesota -- This morning, 3 water protectors locked down to one of Enbridge's Horizontal Directional Drills, halting drilling under the Shell River.
Enbridge is drilling under riverbeds across Anishinaabe treaty territory, including the Willow River, where it appears construction hit an aquifer while drilling. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is “investigating” the frac-out with seemingly little urgency.

Women Water Protectors Jailed Including Winona LaDuke: Enbridge Line 3 Continues Devastation

Photo by Tracy Strong, 1855 Treaty Member

Women Water Protectors Jailed Including Winona LaDuke: Enbridge Line 3 Continues Devastation

By Honor the Earth
Censored News
July 20, 2021

Seven Women Water Protectors are in Wadena County still today pending court who were held overnight including Winona LaDuke who are facing "Trespass on Critical Public Service Facilities, Pipeline, Utility -- Refuse to Leave Upon Demand." charges.

This charge of the colonial world is in conflict with the Anishinaabeg. In 2019, the White Earth Nation had passed a Rights of Manoomin, rights of Wild Rice, Resolution, that is tribal law. That requires the White Earth Nation to stand up for our sacred food. It also requires us to protect it, including the water which is tribal law. Enbridge is threatening the water, manoomin and all life the rivers bring within the 1855 Treaty as well as the 1863 + 1854. Potus has an obligation to uphold these treaties which are being violated.
 

Delta Variant Spreading on the Navajo Nation


Bitahnii Wilson is among the Dine' volunteers that continue to raise their own funds and deliver water in new water barrels to fellow Dine'. Although the Navajo Nation government received more than $2.5 billion in federal relief funds -- from the CARES Act and American Rescue Plan -- since June of 2020, the Navajo Nation government has not allocated and distributed the majority of funds. Dine' remain in need, as water pumps and windmills are broken and long-distance water hauling continues. Water lines fail to reach about one-third of the homes. -- Censored News.

Delta Variant of Coronavirus Spreading on the Navajo Nation

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
July 19, 2021

Update July 20, 2021
The risks have increased. Today's travel warning shows that fully vaccinated people are at risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 variants, which includes Delta variant.
The CDC and the United States issued the highest warning about travel, warning travelers not to go to Britian.
"Because of the current situation in the United Kingdom, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants," CDC said.

WiNDOW ROCK, Navajo Nation -- The Delta variants of COVID-19 are spreading on the Navajo Nation. The number of cases and deaths from coronavirus increased over the weekend.

The Navajo Department of Health said the Delta virus cases on the Navajo Nation resulted from Dine' travel to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Utah, and was then spread by way of family gatherings.

Over the weekend, the Navajo Nation government reported 30 new cases of coronavirus and two deaths on Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18, 2021.