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White Earth Tribe Celebrates Earth Day & Protests Pipeline

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   It’s here, along the trickling headwaters of what becomes the Mighty Mississippi… White Earth tribal leaders, students and others celebrated Earth Day.

Man: “Join us in this calling for a new world, an era of protecting the world.”

  Today’s gathering was also used as what they’re calling an “awareness” of the proposed Enbridge pipeline. It would run near this area, carrying Canadian oil to U.S. refineries.

  Tribal leaders say they understand the Country’s need for oil and they’re not trying to stop the pipeline. However, they would like more studies done and have a different route taken… so, it’s not going through some of the cleanest waters in Minnesota around this area, and their sacred rice paddies.

Jerome Lhotka, White Earth Tribe: “Exactly, we realize society today, it won’t change. We’d like to see a route that’s safer for everyone in Minnesota. All the while knowing it’s a necessity for society.”

Robert Durant, White Earth Tribe: “Make this everlasting and make sure that the oil companies, big business, politics on a national and state level understand we have to stand together and protect what we have.”

  The tribe also hired a Fargo video production crew to document today’s event for distribution on the internet. They’re also considering a commercial TV campaign, in a effort to get the proposed pipeline rerouted, away from this area.

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