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Water Protector Interview: Jaike Spotted Wolf on Climate, Indigenous Leadership & Solidarity, Ep. 37

Here is our complete interview with Jaike Spotted Wolf, who we met on Anishnaabe land, and who you heard snippets of on our episode called The People are a River.

Jaike discusses the significance of Line 3 across Turtle Island – from the summer heat domes of the Pacific Northwest to polar cap ice melting in Alaska – the need for indigenous leadership and land stewardship, strengthening cross-movement solidarity, and how this movement effects all of us.

If you are just learning about Line 3, here is some context…
Line 3 is a pipeline expansion project that will process tar sands from Alberta, Canada and carry the refined oil across Anishnaabe treaty land in Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin. Enbridge Corporation, the Canadian pipeline construction company, is responsible for the largest oil spill in the U.S. in 1991, Grand Rapids, MN. They’ve been permitted by the state of Minnesota to remove 5 billion gallons of water from the Mississippi headwaters to complete this project, which has already wreaked havoc on the land, water, and water protectors: the Mississippi headwaters have dropped 10 feet since April 2021, there have already been 28 drilling spills in the wetlands, and over 700 water protectors have been arrested by local sheriff departments, which are being paid off by Enbridge. The situation is dire, worse by some accounts than the Dakota Access Pipeline, as this pipeline will cross over 227 waterways, including the Mississippi twice. The project’s destruction and violence perpetuates climate catastrophe, and the brutalization of indigenous people, the vital wild rice, the animals, and land.

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