Winona LaDuke: The Keystone Pipeline, which is not even fully operational, just showed us that it can’t operate safely. The mid-November spill in South Dakota was not supposed to happen—neither were the last five oil spills.
Winona LaDuke: An Environmental Protection Agency-led investigation determined 40,000 pounds of Rozol poison had been illegally distributed across more than 5,400 acres on both the Cannonball and the Wilder ranches.
Winona LaDuke: As the bulldozers and emboldened Morton County march forward, water protectors are forced to remove, as thousands of our ancestors before. We have been here before, it is the American way from Sandy Lake to Big Mountain.
Winona LaDuke: I feel like I am looking at Honduras or El Salvador. Troops sweep in, batons take aim at hands and heads, tear gas is poured on people, and Morton County feels the need to strip and cavity search individuals facing misdemeanor charges.
Winona LaDuke: And, there are a lot of people at Standing Rock today who remember their history and the long standoff at Wounded Knee in 1973, In fact, some of those in Standing Rock today were there in 1973 at Wounded Knee, a different, but similar battle for dignity and the future of a nation.
Winona LaDuke: In light of my recent trip to Detroit, I am wondering about the end of the fossil fuel industry. I am wondering because if this is what success looks like, and fifty years later it is Detroit, it is not what I want.
Winona LaDuke: We reiterate our call to the Colombian people and to the world that it is necessary to re-evaluate the actions that threaten the life and existence of Mother Earth.
Winona LaDuke: With Keystone XL still delayed, Alberta Clipper is widely seen as the most important and immediate pipeline battle, and thus much of the U.S. tar sands campaign has been shifting its focus to this project.
Winona LaDuke: t’s a bit ironic how long the Washington National Football League team has held fast to that name even as hundreds of colleges and high schools have changed their names.
Winona LaDuke: Native people have over 370 treaties signed with foreign countries, and most of those have not worked out too well for us; particularly those signed with aggressive military powers with huge economic interests.
Winona LaDuke: They seem seamless on the field. That I notice. As if they are communicating with a long history. This is fortunate, because there are very few players from which to pick
Winona LaDuke: It might be time to have a good discussion about oil, infrastructure, and water in Duluth, before 4 million barrels of oil heads this way.
Winona LaDuke: The Lakota, like many other Native people, see a big infrastructure project like the Keystone XL pipeline, which moves profits from one corporation to another, across their land, as more than a black snake of the fat taker. It is a threat, and there is no new water.