Winona LaDuke

Indigenous activists celebrate treaty rights on Line 5 shutdown deadline

BY: - May 12, 2021

With Enbridge pumping stations as backdrops in St. Ignace and Mackinaw City, Indigenous Michigan water protectors led a series of celebrations, prayer ceremonies and gatherings Wednesday as the northern Michigan tribes commemorated “eviction day” for the Canadian oil company’s Line 5 pipeline. The day’s events pulled in anti-pipeline activists from across the country, blending together […]

Oil and water: Resistance, construction intensify on Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline

BY: - February 1, 2021

The camp was quiet when Winona LaDuke stepped outside to share the news: Enbridge didn’t have permission to drill under the frozen Mississippi River. Construction on that piece of the Line 3 oil pipeline would be delayed — at least as long as the frigid weather held. LaDuke had barely finished the sentence when cheers […]

As Enbridge fights for Line 5, Indigenous activists block Line 3 construction in Minnesota

BY: and - December 7, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last month ordered Canadian oil company Enbridge’s easement with the state to be revoked, giving Enbridge until May to shut down its controversial Line 5 pipeline in the Mackinac Straits. Enbridge responded in full force with a lawsuit against the state. The outcome of that lawsuit, which will likely end up in […]

Anti-Line 5 activists buoyed by national pipeline victories

BY: - July 7, 2020

Indigenous activists and environmentalists scored two major victories over pipeline companies this week in quick succession. On Sunday, two major energy companies in Virginia and North Carolina announced that permitting delays, economic concerns and legal challenges have caused them to pull the plug on a $8 billion natural gas pipeline. The Atlantic Coast pipeline would […]

A tale of two oil pipelines and their place in the presidential race

BY: - December 1, 2019

The political debate over how to regulate the fossil fuel industry in the United States is more important — and ideologically divisive — than ever before, as the 2020 election is fully underway.  One of the core arguments is over the need for and the ethics of energy pipelines. With 2.4 million miles of pipeline, […]

‘Oil destroys life’: Winona LaDuke on why she fights Midwest pipeline projects

BY: - December 1, 2019

Winona LaDuke is internationally known as a vocal indigenous activist in northern Minnesota, where Canadian oil giant Enbridge Energy has been attempting for years to construct a new Line 3 pipeline through tribal lands and sacred wild rice lakes. She is also an economist, writer, author of seven books and co-author of many more. LaDuke […]