Our collective energy came together on the Winter Solstice as we prayed, reflected, celebrated, and gave attention to the sacredness of water. More than 140 people declared their intention to rebuke the Line 3 oil pipeline and offer a shared dream of justice and sustainability. From near and far, you emailed us images and videos…

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This morning a group of water protectors were arrested, unexpectedly and without warning, as they entered the Wigwam on the banks of the Mississippi River to pray. The group included MNIPL’s executive director, Julia Nerbonne, and solar manager, Buff Grace. The whole group was cited, booked, and released on site. The Wigwam lies on public…

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In partnership with RISE Coalition, we are circulating a sign-on letter for religious and spiritual leaders to preempt police violence against Indigenous water protectors. All of us have the right to peacefully protest injustice, but too often we have seen a brutal and racist police response, from the streets of Minneapolis to Standing Rock. Please…

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On February 19th, more than 100 people gathered at the state capitol at Governor Tim Walz’s office in ceremony to honor the 227 bodies of water that Line 3 would cross. The group delivered a letter signed by more than 571 faith leaders  — including the Minnesota Council of Churches — and others opposed to the tar sands Line…

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On Tuesday, February 11th, MNIPL and a diverse group of faith community members delivered an open letter to Gov. Walz and state regulators signed by more than 250 faith leaders. The letter highlights the serious threats the mine poses to water quality, climate, and the rights of Indigenous peoples in Minnesota, calling on officials to accept…

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Following the Global Climate Strike, MNIPL, the RISE Coalition, and Honor the Earth camped out by the Headwaters of the Mississippi River for our second annual weekend-long community Gathering and prayer circle. Some of us packed up our bags and drove up in the afternoon right after the strike on September 20th, setting up tents…

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By Analyah A. Schlaeger dos Santos Background: In April 2019, local media outlets Insight News and the Minneapolis Spokesman-Recorder published articles titled “Environmental Racism Grows as Environmental Groups Turn Increasingly White” and “Mostly White environmental groups downplay Black issues,” both written by Washington D.C.-based media consultant Hazel Trice Edney. The articles have been widely criticized…

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On February 8, faith and indigenous leaders gathered a beautiful spirit-led action at the office of Governor Walz. Together we delivered a clear moral message that Line 3 poses an unacceptable risk to water, climate, indigenous communities, and Indigenous elder Sharon Day presented a basket of hand-harvested wild rice to Walz staffers. The following Tuesday,…

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On September 21-23rd, 2018, we came together at the invitation of water protectors, and in collaboration with Honor the Earth and the Minnesota Council of Churches, to honor the sacred headwaters and to urge decision makers to block Line 3. On Sunday, we gathered for an indigenous-led interfaith vigil at the Mississippi Headwaters where leaders…

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Dear Friends, Earlier today, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted to grant a certificate of need for the Line 3 pipeline. This is a devastating moment in our long journey to Stop Line 3. But I’m not giving up hope. We’ve built an incredible movement together, and we will never stop fighting for our future, our climate, our…

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