News Watch: October 6

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Invasive Species, Land Use, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollution, Sustainable Development, Transportation, Waste & Recycling, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons

Agriculture & Food
Crow River Media: Focus on ag: Heavy rainfall damages crops
Duluth News Tribune: Harrison Park renovations fill community garden need
MinnPost: Does American ag feed the world? Not if you focus on the hungry countries
Star Tribune: Drier weather speeds Minnesota soybean harvest
Washington Post: Perennial wheat is an ecologist’s dream. Soon it may be what’s for dinner.

Climate Change
Democracy Now!: Amid Media Blackout over Climate Change Links to Hurricane Matthew, Top Scientist Speaks Out
NPR: Millions Of Coastal Residents Warned To Flee Inland As Hurricane Nears Florida

Conservation
Brainerd Dispatch: Cass County Board: Grant could help county, national forest remove weeds
Star Tribune: Vento sanctuary backers build case for center honoring Dakota heritagefeaturing MEP member group Lower Phalen Creek Project

Energy
Grist: Here’s why supporters of the Clean Power Plan are feeling optimistic
Public News Service: Young, Rural Americans Need More Hometown Opportunities
North American Wind Power: Xcel Poises For PUC Decision On Renewables-Boosting Energy Plan featuring MEP member group Fresh Energy and Sierra Club

Opinion, Post-Bulletin: Design guidelines can offer plan for clean, healthy energy featuring MEP member group Sierra Club North Star Chapter

Invasive Species
Duluth News Tribune: Ash borer nears northern forests; state urges no firewood movement

Land Use
Public News Service: Public Lands Ownership? Taxpayers, not States

Oil & Pipelines
Kare11: Minnesotans travel to ND to protest oil pipeline

Parks & Trails
International Falls Journal: Popular trail found to be on private land
Star Tribune: Changes coming to Calhoun and Harriet lake paths

Pollution
MinnPost: EPA’s record on environmental justice is dismal, an official analysis finds

Sustainable Development
Northland’s News Center: From city hall to Copenhagen, Duluth city leaders find inspiration for urban development changes

Transportation
Duluth News Tribune: Superior wrestles with high-speed rail

Waste & Recycling
Star Tribune: Hennepin County approves new operator for downtown Minneapolis garbage burner

Water
Crow River Media: Open house at 5 p.m. today will offer steps you can take to ensure your drinking water is safe
Duluth News Tribune: Duluth steps up diligence against lead in drinking water
MPR: Army Corps presses Red River flood project despite permit denial

Editorial, Mankato Free Press: Our View: Water quality: Profitable farming can co-exist with clean water

Wildlife & Fish
MinnPost: Minnesota’s Blue Mounds State Park: Come for the quartzite cliffs, stay for the bison herd
Pioneer Press: 7 things you probably didn’t know about Minnesota’s only urban wildlife refuge

News Watch: October 3

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Invasive Species, Land Use, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollinators, Pollution, Transportation, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons

Agriculture & Food
MPR: Live at National Press Club: Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack
NPR: Conference links poor Native American nutrition to historical trauma
NPR: FDA redefining the term ‘healthy’ on food labels
St. Cloud Times: Area crops on time, but field conditions impact harvest

Climate Change
Democracy Now!: As Earth Reaches Frightening CO2 Milestone, Bill McKibben Calls for War on Climate Change
Mother Jones: Inside the Court Battle That Could Destroy Obama’s Climate Policy
NPR: Caribbean nations brace for Hurricane Matthew’s lash

Invasive Species
Star Tribune: Initial results of Lake Minnewashta treatment show zebra mussels killed off
St. Cloud Times: Recreation area closes to curb starry stonewort

Land Use
Brainerd Dispatch: County seeks public comment on land use ordinance revisions

Oil & Pipelines
Alpha News: Northern MN Oil Pipeline May Face Further Delays featuring MEP member group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
PRI: Dakota Access Pipeline protests could change how the US government works with Native Americans

Parks & Trails
Star Tribune: East Bank Trail offers river views in Northeast
St. Cloud Times: Park seeks help with buckthorn removal

Pollinators
NPR: Bees added to U.S. endangered species list for 1st time

Pollution
Star Tribune: Twin Cities fire departments try to clean up culture of dirty gear

Transportation
Alexandria Echo Press: House candidates disagree about gridlock, light rail
Duluth News Tribune: State rolls out long-term transportation plans for review
St. Cloud Times: Natural gas pays off for MetroBus

Water
St. Cloud Times: War on aquatic invasives consumes St. Cloud conference
MPR: Minnesota rejects Fargo-Moorhead flood project plan
Star Tribune: Mighty Mississippi River Faces Mounting Environmental Threats

Wildlife & Fish
Brainerd Dispatch: New upper Mississippi River restoration project to benefit aquatic life
Grand Forks Herald: DESTINATION UNKNOWN: Visit a national wildlife refuge during National Wildlife Refuge Week featuring MEP member group The Nature Conservancy

News Watch: September 29

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Emissions, Energy, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollinators, Pollution, Transportation, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons

Agriculture & Food
Duluth News Tribune: Faced with budget cuts, UMD students get behind sustainable farm

Opinion, MinnPost: Farm children less likely to have allergies and asthma in adulthood, study suggests
Opinion, Woodbury Bulletin: Outstanding conservation starts wtih two llamas and a prairiefeaturing MEP member group St. Croix River Association

Climate Change
MinnPost: Another record month for warming, as science looks way back for parallels
MPR: IQ2 debate: ‘Climate change: The EPA has gone overboard’
MPR: Teaching middle-schoolers climate change without terrifying them

Emissions
NPR: It may not cost you more to drive home in a climate-friendly car

Energy
Associated Press: Five solar farms in Minnesota slated for completion next year
International Falls Journal: Road upgrades approved for GNTL project
Midwest Energy News: Midwestern cities recognized for pursuing solar-friendly policies
MinnPost: Uh-oh. Turns out that space weather also presents serious risk to the globe
Post-Bulletin: Greenspace: See the best energy-savers on a fall river valley trip featuring MEP member group Minnesota Renewable Energy Society
Public News Service: Report: Manufacturers in Minnesota to Save Big on Energy Costs

Oil & Pipelines
Indian Country Today Media Network: Water Protectors Rounded Up After Prayers at DAPL Construction Site
MPR: Groups question Enbridge’s plans for proposed oil pipeline project featuring MEP member group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
The Nation: It’s Time for Every Ally to Show Up in the Fight Against the Dakota Access Pipeline
Star Tribune: Minnesota’s White Earth Nation among tribes in $492.8 million lawsuit settlement
Yes Magazine: How You Can Support Standing Rock

Parks & Trails           
Pioneer Press: Ely named one of ‘World’s Best Towns for Outdoor Thrills’
Pioneer Press: St. Paul Park frustrated as railroad proposes 100-acre parking lot
Star Tribune: Metro parks will set aside more Legacy money to connect people with outdoors, Met Council says

Pollinators
MPR: Beekeepers benefit from the hive mind in community apiaries

Pollution
MinnPost: Measuring ‘best’ practices to curb farm pollution
MPR: 92 percent of world’s population breathes substandard air, WHO says

Transportation
Pioneer Press: Revised Gold Line still a stinker, citizens group says
Star Tribune: Plans for 4th Street Market District gain support in St. Paul
Star Tribune: Why 2016 might be the deadliest year for Minnesota pedestrians in a long time

Water
Detroit Free Press: U.S. House approves $170 million for Flint pipes

Wildlife & Fish
NPR: Pangolin, the ‘artichoke with legs,’ earns top trade protection
NPR: Whales, sea turtles, seals: The unintended catch of abandoned fishing gear

News Watch: September 26

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Invasive Species, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Transportation, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons

Agriculture & Food
City Pages: Immigrant farmers raise culturally specific crops with the help of MN Food Association featuring MEP member group Minnesota Food Association

Climate Change
Grist: Record rains are sending untreated sewage into U.S. cities

Conservation
Duluth News Tribune: Out of the wilderness: Freemans welcomed back to civilization after year in Boundary Waters featuring MEP member group Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness
Northland’s News Center: St. Louis River sees wild rice restoration featuring MEP member group Minnesota Land Trust

Energy
Pioneer Press: Deal will help renewable energy sources power state Capitol complex
Star Tribune: Indoors & Out: Earth-friendly dwellings, Home & Design Show and more featuring MEP member group Minnesota Renewable Energy Society
Star Tribune: Xcel plans big expansion in wind power, adding enough capacity for 750,000 homes featuring MEP member group Fresh Energy

Invasive Species
Pioneer Press: Zebra mussel discovery means Minnesota River now affected

Oil & Pipelines
Duluth News Tribune: As Dakota Access pipeline protests continue, White House hosts tribal summit
MPR: Dozens of U.S., Canadian tribes unite against proposed oil pipelines
MPR: North Dakota tribes seek review of pipelines under reservoir
Star Tribune: ‘We belong to the river’: Images of the Dakota Pipeline protesters

Parks & Trails
Star Tribune: After spending on parks, Dakota County eager to get more visitors
Star Tribune: Soggy Minnesota to get another soaking; some parks and rivers now off-limits

Transportation
MPR: Minnesota officials wait to reopen flooded roads
Star Tribune: Funding for Orange Line still in flux

Water
City Pages: Mississippi River: Wildlife making a comeback, but please don’t swim featuring MEP member group Friends of the Mississippi River
MinnPost: Report on metro Mississippi River health shows progress, new concerns featuring MEP member group Friends of the Mississippi River
MPR: In historically wet year, this week’s storms not quite ‘mega’
MPR: Southeastern Minnesota still swamped after a deluge of rain
Pioneer Press: Tribe, agencies work to restore wild rice in St. Louis River
Star Tribune: Twin Cities east metro twists back spigot on water use

Wildlife & Fish
AP: Rusty patched bumble bee recommended for endangered list
Brainerd Dispatch: Minnesota to develop first-ever deer management plan with help from panel

News Watch: September 22

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Invasive Species, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollution, Sustainable Development, Transportation, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons

Agriculture & Food
Duluth News Tribune: Growing for good at Glensheen gardens
Grist: Farmworkers demand ban on a toxic pesticide
MPR: Farmers enlist chickens and bugs to battle against pests

Climate Change
MPR: Climate Cast: What the U.S. presidential candidates say about climate change

Conservation
Brainerd Dispatch: County receives sustainable forestry certification

Energy
Midwest Energy News: Industry study: Microgrids to become ‘fundamental building block’ featuring MEP member group Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Post Bulletin: Rochester makes Sierra Club’s leading list
Star Tribune: Minnesota plans to power Capitol with solar, wind energy

Invasive Species
MPR: U of MN Extension thinks aggressive weed has reached Minnesota

Mining
Northland’s News Center: Northland couple days away from returning from BWCA trip

Oil & Pipelines
Democracy Now!: “Is This America?” Co-Founder of Sacred Stone Camp Recalls Dog Attack on Native Americans

Parks & Trails
MinnPost: Deal expected to end ‘crazy’ conflict between Hennepin County and Minneapolis park board

Pollution
Star Tribune: Report finds a new pollutant – tiny bits of plastics and fiber – building up in the Mississippi featuring MEP member group Friends of the Mississippi River

Sustainable Development
Star Tribune: Architects, designers urged to get creative with St. Paul’s Ford plant site

Transportation
Post Bulletin: Political Notebook: Chamber leader calls legislative deadlock ‘unconscionable’ featuring MEP member group League of Women Voters
Star Tribune: Amtrak announces easier bike storage for cyclists traveling by train featuring MEP member group Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota

Water
Duluth News Tribune: Record rainfall causes flooding in Twin Cities area
Mankato Free Press: Nicollet County Historical Society hosts discussion about Minnesota River featuring MEP member group Freshwater Society
Mother Jones: Remember that “Erin Brockovich” Chemical? There’s a Good Chance It’s in Your Water
MPR: Once nearly wiped out by pollution, wild rice is coming back to northern MN
Northland’s News Center: Agencies working to restore wild rice in northern Minnesota featuring MEP member group Minnesota Land Trust
Star Tribune: Report: Mississippi River improving but protections needed featuring MEP member group Friends of the Mississippi River
Star Tribune: Water-quality concerns scuttle gravel mine in Scott County

Wildlife & Fish
Brainerd Dispatch: Minnesota to develop first-ever deer management plan with help from panel
MPR: Fond du Lac Band to hold fall moose hunt over state objections
Star Tribune: Bird warning calls work across species featuring MEP member group St. Paul Audubon Society

 

News Watch: September 19

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Energy, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollinators, Transportation, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons

Agriculture & Food
MPR: Red Lake Nation holds first indigenous food summit
West Central Tribune: Farm Dreams workshop slated Sunday featuring MEP member groupLand Stewardship Project

Opinion, MinnPost: Hey, backyard farmers, want to avoid Salmonella? Stop cuddling with your chickens, says CDC

Climate Change
MPR: Dialogues give rural areas voice on climate change

Energy
Associated Press: Minnesota Power rate cut approved for mines, paper mills
Midwest Energy News: New mapping tool showcases clean energy policies and projectsfeaturing MEP member group Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Midwest Energy News: New Minnesota consumer advocacy group takes on utility rate planfeaturing MEP member group Fresh Energy
Star Tribune: Carver County solar project decisions leave residents frustrated, suspicious

Mining
Star Tribune: Mining ends near St. Croix River; solar garden proposed for that land featuring MEP member group St. Croix River Association

Oil & Pipelines
Bismarck Tribune: Enbridge excavates section of pipeline for maintenance work
MinnPost: Why the Dakota Access pipeline fight may be a turning point in U.S. environmental politics
MPR: Wisconsin guard, tribal member Koenig joins pipeline protest

Parks & Trails
International Falls Journal: Program encourages students to visit national parks

Pollinators
Star Tribune: At the Minnesota Landscape Arborteum’s new bee center, learning is all the buzz

Transportation
MPR: Bicycle commuters on the rise in Twin Cities, census says
Star Tribune: Amtrak announces easier bike storage for cyclists traveling by train
Star Tribune: Dakota County’s divorce from transit board is getting messy
Star Tribune: E-bike sales grown in Minnesota; some are envious, others dubious featuring MEP member group Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota
Star Tribune: The Drive: MnDOT, city aim to reduce number of solo commuters

Water
Duluth News Tribune: Duluth gets serious about St. Louis River estuary cleanup
Inforum: Florida sinkhole at Minnesota-based company site leaks radioactive water featuring MEP member group Center for Biological Diversity
Mankato Free Press: Water program offers hope, but not solution to problems featuring MEP member group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Star Tribune: Dayton warns that Minnesota might not support $2B flood diversion for Fargo
Star Tribune: Edina urges people, pets to stay away from Lake Cornelia

Wildlife & Fish
MPR: Wisconsin wolf summit leans toward delisting, killing animals

News Watch: September 15

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Invasive Species, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Pollution, Transportation, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons

Agriculture & Food
Agri News: Healthcare rate hike may heavily impact farmers featuring MEP member groupLand Stewardship Project
Crow River Media: Land Stewardship Project workshop helps discover Farm Dreams featuring MEP member group Land Stewardship Project
Inforum: Northern ND, Minnesota potato farmers lose portion of crops
Pioneer Press: An urban farmer turned a trashy lot into a garden. Ramsey County says ‘keep out’

Climate Change
Public News Service: MN Researchers: TPP Deal Could Hurt Local Green-Friendly Programs
NPR: Outdated FEMA flood maps don’t account for climate change

Conservation
Brainerd Dispatch: SWCD to celebrate Little Buffalo Creek project

Energy
Mesabi Daily News: Range Piles on Support for Minnesota Power featuring MEP member groupMinnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Invasive Species
Inforum: Invasive crayfish found in Clay County lake
MPR: 2nd emerald ash borer infestation confirmed in Duluth
Star Tribune: Lake Minnewashta is the latest Twin Cities lake to use copper to try to kill off zebra mussels

Mining
MPR: Twin Metals sues over mineral leases near Boundary Waters featuring MEP member group Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness
WDIO: PolyMet Hearing Resolution Fails after Duluth City Council Debate featuring MEP member group Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

Oil & Pipelines
Beacon Press: The Great Sioux Nation and the Resistance to Colonial Land Grabbing
BuzzFeed News: The North Dakota Pipeline Fight Is Not Really About Environmental Risksfeaturing MEP member group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
The Guardian: Standing Rock protests: this is only the beginning
Mother Jones: A History of Native Americans Protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline
MPR: Tribal attorney lobbies DC lawmakers over Dakota Access pipeline

Pollution
MinnPost: Household dust carries many toxins, a groundbreaking new study discovers
Star Tribune: North Minneapolis recycler agrees to dust suppression

Transportation
Pioneer Press: St. Paul City Council approves bike lanes along Hamline Avenue
Star Tribune: St. Paul approves granny flats along Green Line

Water
Associated Press: Feds warned not to presume Minnesota will back flood project

Opinion, Duluth News Tribune: Reader’s view: Maintain proud progress in cleaning northern waterways featuring MEP member group Save Lake Superior Association

Wildlife & Fish
MPR: Researchers find new bat species in Wisconsin

News Watch: September 12

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollution, Transportation, Water, Wildlife & Fish, Loon Commons

Agriculture & Food
Staples World: Cover Crops Coming Through As Best Farming Practice featuring MEP member group Sustainable Farming Association

Climate Change
MinnPost: Americans’ polarization over climate is widening, and the facts don’t matter
MPR: Warming waters: Lake Superior nearly breaks water temperature record
Public News Service: Rural Minnesotans Talk Climate Change Priorities
Washington Post: Study: Climate change made the deadly Louisiana flood far more likely

Conservation
Pioneer Press: St. Paul has a great river, and she won’t let you forget it
St. Croix 360: Chisago County Goes After Gullies featuring MEP member group St. Croix River Association

Energy
Midwest Energy News: Rate impacts of decoupling in Minnesota are minimal so far featuring MEP member group Fresh Energy

Mining
Business North: Friends of BWCAW: Duluthians want PolyMet judicial hearing featuring MEP member group Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness
Duluth News Tribune: Twin Metals files federal suit to keep leases
Iowa Public Television: Minnesota Digs Into New Mining Prospects featuring MEP member groupFriends of the Cloquet Valley State Forest
MPR: Duluth council to weigh in on proposed hearings for PolyMet mine

Oil & Pipelines
Brainerd Dispatch: Sandpiper deferred, Enbridge moving forward with Line 3 replacement
Democracy Now!: Water Protectors at Standing Rock React to Obama’s Intervention in Dakota Access Pipeline Battle
Indian Country Today Media Network: Overdue National Debate About Pipelines and ‘Sound Silence’
Washington Post: Showdown over oil pipeline becomes a national movement for Native Americans

Parks & Trails
Duluth News Tribune: Open houses set to discuss prescribed burns in BWCAW
Star Tribune: 10 people ejected from Minneapolis Park Board meeting
Star Tribune: At St. Croix State Park, planning looks at next generation of users

Pollution
MinnPost: After partial shut-down of Northern Metal, north Minneapolis residents push for permanent closure
NPR: More than a year after spill, Colorado’s Gold King Mine named Superfund site

Transportation
Public News Service: MN Transit Experts Exploring Family-Friendly Changes
Star Tribune: Big changes proposed for west metro and Route 9 bus riders
Transportation: With local funding in hand, Southwest LRT details emerge

Water
Embols: Indigenous Activists Shut Down Parts of Ecuador Over Land And Water Rights
MinnPost: FDA bans many antibacterial soaps; says the products are ineffective and potentially unsafe
Post-Bulletin: Group planning big clean up of Cannon River watershed featuring MEP member group Freshwater Society
Star Tribune: Do we live in the tropics? Data show this was an unusually wet summer
Star Tribune: Residents tell Chanhassen: No water treatment plant in our backyard

Wildlife & Fish
Associated Press: Summit on resuming state control of wolves set in Wisconsin
Grand Forks Herald: Projects land NAWCA grants featuring MEP member group The Nature Conservancy
Minnesota Daily: Minneapolis City Council to consider implementing bird-safe skyway glassfeaturing MEP member groups Audubon Minnesota and Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis

Minnesota’s Stake in the Fight Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

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“The fact that Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the pipeline, would use the word “Dakota”, which means “friend” or “ally”, in the name of its project is disrespectful. This pipeline is a direct threat to all Dakota, Lakota and Nakota people, especially our future generations. And we are not the only ones. We know that burning this oil is changing our climate and Indigenous people all over the world are bearing the brunt of the catastrophes that causes.”
 – Iyuskin American Horse[1]

Recently Enbridge announced its decision to pull out of the Sandpiper pipeline, a $2.6 billion project that would have run from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields through northern Minnesota – including Ojibwe wild rice lands – and to Wisconsin. This comes after years of resistance from countless environmental activists across Minnesota, including Tribal groups, environmental organizations, and more. However, this incredible defeat of the Sandpiper has been followed by Enbridge’s announcement that it is investing in the Dakota Access Pipeline instead. This means oil that would have come through the Sandpiper will be coming through North Dakota instead. While we should certainly celebrate the hard-fought defeat of the Sandpiper, we also need to be mindful of how our victory as Minnesotans may be coming at the expense of the Standing Rock Tribe and other peoples affected by the Dakota Access Pipeline. And we need to support others in these similar and related fights.

Beginning in early April, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Cannon Ball, North Dakota launched an encampment to resist construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a multibillion dollar project that is threatening to contaminate the Tribe’s primary source of water as well as their land and sacred burial sites. Over the past several months, this encampment, called the Sacred Stone Camp, has seen its numbers dwindle dangerously and struggle to survive as the mainstream media and environmental movements continued to ignore the plights and existence of Native peoples. But over the past several weeks, the Sacred Stone Camp and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have garnered mass attention worldwide through their incredible resistance to the pipeline project in the face of escalating violence from Energy Transfer Partners and the State and federal governments.

The magnitude of both the pipeline project as well as the resistance to it makes for so much to say, but for right now I will focus on just one thing – why it is important that Minnesotans support the Standing Rock Tribe and other Indigenous peoples resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline (if they aren’t already). Both Minneapolis and St. Paul recently passed resolutions in support of the Standing Rock Tribe and the Sacred Stone Camp. City Council member Alondra Cano, who introduced the Minneapolis resolution, has also visited the Camp to offer her support. And many people in Minnesota, including Native people, racial justice activists, environmentalists, and more have been travelling to Standing Rock for the past several months.

In addition to the connection between the Sandpiper and the Dakota Access Pipeline, the histories of Native peoples in Minnesota and across the Midwest is significant. The people of the Standing Rock Tribe are members of the Dakota and Lakota nations. And the Dakota and Lakota peoples are the original inhabitants of Minnesota. The name “Minnesota” comes from the Dakota language, meaning cloudy water. The (ongoing) genocide of Indigenous peoples and the project of settler colonialism[2] have decimated the Indigenous population to less than 2 percent of the national population. But Minneapolis, the birthplace of the American Indian Movement, is unique in that it is home to the largest urban population of Native people in the country. And many of these people are Dakota and Lakota. This is all to say that we need to understand the histories of the land we are on, and think about environmentalism, Indigenous sovereignty, and decolonization as interconnected movements. And we need to avoid reinforcing settler colonial ways of defining the scope of issues we work on. In other words, if we don’t support the Indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline or don’t devote much attention and support to it because we don’t see it as relevant to us as Minnesotans, we are ignoring the histories of Native peoples and how those histories transgress state boundaries created by settler colonialism.

The resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline is a huge movement moment in the struggle for environmental justice, sustainability, Indigenous sovereignty, and decolonization, and it is crucial that we see all of these struggles as interdependent. For more information about how to support the Sacred Stone Camp, please see this post from Dallas Goldtooth.

Some groups, organizations, & media outlets you can follow to keep up with what is happening:

Camp of the Sacred Stone ~ Rezpect our Water ~ Indian Country Today Media Network ~ Idle No More – Twin Cities ~ Indigenous Environmental Network ~ Honor the Earth ~ Last Real Indians ~ Censored News ~ Lakota Country Times ~ OYATE Media Network ~ KILI Radio 90.1 ~ Unicorn Riot ~ Democracy Now! ~ Counter Currents News ~ The Bismarck Tribune

Some Readings:

Statement from Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman, Dave Archambault II, on the Tribe’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, August 15th 2016)

‘We are protectors, not protesters’: why I’m fighting the North Dakota pipeline by Iyuskin American Horse (The Guardian, August 18th 2016)

Native Activist Winona LaDuke: Pipeline Company Enbridge Has No Right to Destroy Our Future (Democracy Now!, August 23rd 2016)

Taking a Stand at Standing Rock by David Archambault II (The New York Times, August 24th 2016)

A Pipeline Fight and American’s Dark Past by Bill McKibben (The New Yorker, September 6th 2016)

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[1] From ‘We are protectors, not protesters’: why I’m fighting the North Dakota pipeline by Iyuskin American Horse (The Guardian, August 18th 2016)

[2] For a definition of settler colonialism, see here: https://settlercolonialstudies.org/about-this-blog/

 

News Watch: September 7th

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Invasive Species, Mining, Oil & Pipelines, Parks & Trails, Pollinators, Pollution, Transportation, Water, Wildlife & Fish

Agriculture & Food
Grist: Underpaid, overworked farmworkers set to get liberal labor protections. Farmers grumble.
Star Tribune: Community gardens more than triple in Twin Cities featuring MEP member groupLand Stewardship Project

Climate Change
NPR: For lizards, climate change is a deadly — and complex — threat

Conservation
Grand Forks Herald: Sanctuary near Warren getting back on track featuring MEP member group Audubon Minnesota
West Central Tribune: Laughlin returns, Hatlestad promoted on CURE staff featuring MEP member groups Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) and Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG)

Energy
Star Tribune: Xcel rolls out LED fixtures in city lights in Minnesota this week, then Twin Cities suburbs in November

Invasive Species
MPR: Invasive lake algae surface in Itasca, Beltrami, Stearns counties

Mining
Opinion, Duluth News Tribune: Local view: Evidentiary hearing on PolyMet necessary, sensiblefeaturing MEP member group Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Oil & Pipelines
Democracy Now!: Dakota Access Pipeline Co. Attacks Native Americans with Dogs & Pepper Spray
Indian Country Media Today: Manoomin Win: Enbridge Inc. Officially Shelves Sandpiper Pipeline; Ojibwe Wild Rice Waters Safe
Star Tribune: Enbridge Energy pulling plug on Sandpiper pipeline featuring MEP member groupMinnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
The New Yorker: A Pipeline Fight and American’s Dark Past

Parks & Trails
Duluth News Tribune: New loop trail option opens along Superior Hiking Trail in Duluth
MPR: Aging paddlers? More BWCA trips, but fewer young visitors
Star Tribune: Decision to stop maintaining fire-damaged BWCA trail worries hikers
Star Tribune: Noisy Park Board meeting
Star Tribune: Refreshed, St. Croix River’s Boom Site opens to a new era

Pollinators
MPR: County accidentally takes out millions of bees spraying for mosquitoes

Pollution
The Nation: The Terrible Mini-Trump of Minnesota—and the Progressive Who’s Running Against Him featuring MEP member groups Environment Minnesota and Clean Water Action

Transportation
Star Tribune: Funding for Southwest LRT: If it looks like debt, is it debt?
Star Tribune: Minnesota Valley Transit Authority’s new leader settles in

Water
MPR: Heavy rains, sewage put damper on Minnesota lake lifestyle

Wildlife & Fish
MinnPost: Argument builds around a genetic tool that can erase an annoying species
Red Wing Republican Eagle: Bird of the Month: Tundra Swan by Tim Schlagenhaft of MEP member group Audubon Minnesota, featuring MEP member group The Nature Conservancy
Star Tribune: Capturing loons to be tagged and tested for conservation