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White Earth files Manoonmin Rights of Nature Lawsuit against Minnesota



First “Rights of Nature” Enforcement Case Filed in Tribal Court to Enforce Treaty Guarantees

Action filed against Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to Stop Diversion of 5 Billion Gallons of Water for Enbridge “Line 3” Pipeline

August 4, 2021
Contact: Frank Bibeau
Plaintiff’s Attorney 
Thomas Linzey, Senior Counsel
Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights

WHITE EARTH, Minnesota -- On August 4, an action was filed in the Tribal Court of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota, by Manoomin (wild rice), the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and several tribal members, to stop the State of Minnesota from allowing the Enbridge corporation to use five billion gallons of water for the construction of the oil pipeline known as “Line 3.”

This is the first case brought in a tribal court to enforce the rights of nature, and the first rights of nature case brought to enforce Treaty guarantees.

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