Last week we had an important victory for Indigenous sovereignty in Anishinaabe territory, so-called northern Minnesota. Claire Glenn, the attorney fellow for the Line 3 Defense Project of the Civil Liberties Defense Center and Water Protector Legal Collective, won dismissal of the criminal charges for three incredible Anishinaabe Water Protectors in White Earth Tribal Court. The Tribal Court found the defendants’ ceremonial camp at the Mississippi River near its headwaters, which halted construction of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline for eight days, to be a lawful exercise of their treaty-reserved rights to protect sacred waters. This legal victory was a culmination of years of work by activists and attorneys to assert Indigenous sovereignty in defense of treaty-reserved rights.
To learn more and access the Tribal Court’s order and case filings, click here.
Read the full press release here.