Tribal Tuesday


The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians in northern Wisconsin voted not to renew an easement for a major oil and gas pipeline that passes through its reservation. In the wake of the successful protest against the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota, this decision is the latest example of Native American tribes using sovereignty rights to oppose fossil fuel projects.

The Bad River tribal council voted unanimously in early January to revoke rights-of-way that pass through the roughly 200-square-mile reservation and the decision could prove difficult to overturn. Pipeline companies often take ownership of private land through the use of eminent domain. But using Native American land typically requires tribal consent and easements are negotiated for a fixed period.

The pipeline in question, Line 5, spans 645 miles and is owned by Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge. It is used to ship as much as 540,000 barrels of fossil fuels, including crude oil and propane, per day from Superior, Wisc. to Sarnia, Ontario and is part of Canada’s largest export oil pipeline network. The resolution passed by the tribe calls for the decommissioning and removal of the pipeline from all Bad River lands and its watershed, which flows into Lake Superior.



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17 Responses to Tribal Tuesday

  1. Den says:

    At least the Native Americans have the guts to stand up to BIG OIL while the Mighty Whiteys want the biggest BIG OIL criminal to be SoS, blech!


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Slightly slippery at 31 °F down to the Old Post Office in 28 minutes. At least the rain is holding off for a day.


    • David B. Benson says:

      So out once again to Shopko, adding up to 62 minutes out from the house. Windy down thataway so drift on the sidewalk and a Swainsen’s hawk trying for altitude to find a meal. My fingers were a bit chilled but quickly warmed up in the store. Prescription in pocket, right back home with only momentary pauses; 125 minutes total.

      Day 3: 122+125=247 minutes.


  3. º¿carol says:

    Warming up here yet again, such a strange winter. Grass still is kind of green. It rained last night, lakes out in farmer’s fields and on people’s lawns. The high today on our weather gadget was 44°.

    Bob is being sprung Thursday. He only went over the health insurance allowance of 20 days by 2 days. Surprisingly, they won’t charge Bob for Thursday. We’ll only owe $300 and I think he still wants to accept his brother’s offer to pay for that. His brother is rich, can’t run out of money, and then there’s us with hardly any money. I feel weird about it but Bob said we’re going to owe a bunch for the hospital, etc., and that will really kick us in the butt as it is. Well, ok then, I guess. Still feels weird.

    Now to go catch up on the news, and Facebook. Brought on a couple lengthy discussions yesterday. My favorite was arguing with one of my idiot friends who thinks we need to keep the electoral collage. Her reasoning was pathetic. None of my learned friends could get through to her. I hope she comes back tonight because I left her another comment and a link to look at this morning, as if anything I prove to her, proves anything to her. I don’t know why I waste my time, but I don’t really feel it’s a waste. I enjoy it too much, lol.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Good for the tribes.


  5. Den says:

    Carol, hey it’s good news getting Bob back. minimal cost too, will he go back to work? did the Doc’s cay anything about this reoccurring? Inquiring minds want to know.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Manning to leave the clink:
    Somehow has to wait until May.


  7. Den says:

    Well the word is that the Terror Tree will not be removed by the tree guys until Spring. The tree guy said it wasn’t going to fall over, I don’t believe him, we will see I guess. $1800 to cut it manually, $0 cost if it falls by itself, bring chainsaws and chippers and me an insurance check.


  8. Micki says:

    Chippewa are my relatives.

    The Cree are one of the largest groups of First Nations / Native Americans in North America, with 200,000 members living in Canada. The major proportion of Cree in Canada live north and west of Lake Superior, in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. About 15,000 live in eastern Quebec — where my maternal gramma was from. In the United States, this Algonquian-speaking people historically lived from Lake Superior westward. Today, they live mostly in Montana, where they share a reservation with the Ojibwe (Chippewa). The documented westward migration over time has been strongly associated with their roles as traders and hunters in the North American Fur Trade.

    They are the largest group of First Nations in Canada with over 200,000 members. The Cree were known for openness to inter-tribal marriage.


    • Den says:

      The Chippewa had a small reservation next to the town I grew up in, Cloquet, MN.

      When I was younger they were seen as less than human by the Mighty Whiteys in my town, outcasts and drunkards.

      Then came the Casino, BIG BEAR, then came education and healthcare, the Chippewa were getting paid handsomely by the Mighty Whiteys with their gambling donations, HA!


    • jimhitchcock says:

      Ha, Delaware are also Algonquian, they exist in Canada, but mostly in Oklahoma.


  9. Den says:

    What about the Cleveland Indians?


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