This week, Anishinaabe tribal members are riding 230 miles on horseback along the proposed route of a what could possibly become the largest tar sands pipeline in the United States.
The Enbridge Alberta Clipper Pipeline is currently under consideration by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and would run from Hardisty, Alberta across northern Minnesota and end in Superior, Wisconsin.
The ride is organized by the native American environmental organization, Honor the Earth and according to executive director, Winona LaDuke, the ride is a spiritual ride and a form of prayer.
The ride is intended to bring attention to the risk tar sands pipelines pose to the land and water sources.
There's good reason to be concerned about potential leaks, since Enbridge is responsible for spilling more than 1 million gallons of tar sands oil into Michigan's Kalamazoo River, in what became the worst tar sands leak in US history.
Minnesota's Northland News spoke with LaDuke and other riders about the significance of this symbolic ride:
"Enbridge has already had over 800 spills, and the more pipelines they're going to put in the more spills they'll have," said Winona LaDuke, executive director of the 'Honor the Earth' organization.
"Clean your mess up first, and then let's talk about it," said Michael Dahl, one of the seven horseback riders.
'Honor the Earth', a national Native American environmental organization, is sponsoring the 230 mile horseback ride.
The riders say they aren't as worried about the effects the pipeline may have on our generation, but on future generations.
"My grandkids, my great grandkids. What about them? What about their grandkids?" said Dahl.
For more on the ride and how native Americans are opposing tar sands pipelines, visit Honor the Earth.
via Diane Sweet.