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Indigenous Leaders Pressure Biden to Stop Line 3 During Minnesota Visit

MINNESOTA -

Tonight, President Biden visited Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount to tout the bipartisan infrastructure package. Frontline Indigenous organizations released the following statements in response to Biden’s remarks:
 
“President Biden’s infrastructure law makes investments in ‘good pipes’ for clean water, something Indigenous leaders have called for over many years. What we don't need are “poison pipes,” like Enbridge Line 3, which is polluting the Mississippi watershed as we speak. It has not been properly evaluated for impacts to our drinking water, our wildlife, our wild rice, and the climate crisis,” said Winona LaDuke, Executive Director of Honor the Earth. 
 
“If President Biden wants to follow through on his promises to act on the climate crisis, elevate environmental justice, and respect the rights of Indigenous peoples and Tribal communities, he must direct the Army Corps of Engineers to immediately reevaluate and suspend or revoke the Line 3 project’s Clean Water Act permit. We cannot afford to undermine the infrastructure plan’s progress with disastrous and unnecessary attacks on our water and climate -- and that is exactly what Line 3 represents,” said Simone Senogles, Food Sovereignty Program Coordinator, Indigenous Environmental Network.
 

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