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Trump Visits Bemidji Minnesota

Indigenous Environmental Network Responds 

BEMIDJI, Minnesota

Later today, Trump will visit northern Minnesota for a campaign rally at the regional Bemidji airport. Bemidji is the international headquarters for the Indigenous Environmental Network and within the territories of the Anishinaabe peoples. Trump sees Minnesota as a key swing state in the 2020 election, prioritizing campaigning in rural Minnesota.

The Indigenous Environmental Network, being based on Anishinaabe lands and staffed by Anishinaabe peoples, will stand with our relatives and uplift their voices. Bemidji is a border town that is surrounded by three Anishinaabe reservations; Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth. Anishinaabe organizers including youth leadership are planning a number of protest actions throughout the day to stand against Trump's visit and will hold space to ensure Indigenous voices are heard on occupied Indigenous land and the center of dirty tar sands pipeline Line 3 resistance.

The following is a statement by Indigenous Environmental Network:

"We vehemently denounce Trump's visit to Anishinaabe territory and see it as nothing less than fueling the sentiments of white supremacy in the homelands of Indigenous peoples. We will not allow white supremacy to run unchecked. Trump's administration has undermined Indigenous inherent sovereignty, bolstered climate chaos, expanded fossil fuel development and has encouraged racist nationalists to assault Black, Indigenous and people of color. These colonial acts of aggression perpetrated against Indigenous peoples by Trump will not be ignored. We fight for the rights of Indigenous peoples and in defense of the territorial integrity of Mother Earth. Nimbazigwiimin ji-ganawendamaang indizhitwaawininaan, aakii gaye, We rise up to protect our ways and the land."

Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues (EJ). IEN's activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.