Love Water Not Oil – protectors not protestors.

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Love Water Not Oil protectors at the Public Utilities Commission, St. Paul, MNWinona LaDuke lives on The White Earth Indian Reservation in Northern Minnesota where she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project and Co-Founder of Honor The Earth. She opposes the oil and gas industry in general and Canadian company Enbridge in particular. Enbridge’s proposed pipeline would be to add 600 miles of new pipeline through the most prestine and bio diverse region of Minnesota’s wetland, bringing fracked oil from North Dakota, through Minnesota, on its way to Lake Superior to go on tanker ships.

Remember how it took large scale disasters before tanker ships were forced into using double hulled vessels? We are currently in an unregulated ecological time bomb and Winona LaDuke is approaching her opposition in a number of different of ways. Among her tactics has been to take Enbridge to court via the Public Utilities Commission in St. Paul, Minnesota. These people, like Anishinabe spiritual leader Michael Dahl, are bringing in native american beliefs and ways to their effort to protect the environment from an unregulated oil and gas industry. “We are protectors not protestors” says Michael Dahl. Other organizations has also taken on the issue including 350.org.

Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett is an author, photographer and filmmaker telling the stories of life, family and community with intimacy, honesty and impact. Pickett is Producer, Director and Camera for the award-winning feature documentary film ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’, about the rise and fall of the great American touring ice shows and one man’s quest to save the history, available on Netflix and Amazon. Her short film, 'Steel // Spirit' premiered at MSPIFF and won certificate of excellence in India. Her award-winning books include Love in the 90s; BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995); Faeries; Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses (Aperture, 2000); Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (WaterBrook, 2004). The recipient of a Jerome and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Bush Foundation Fellow, Pickett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.