Grand Traverse Band and Allies Call for Line 5 Removal
The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians is calling on the state of Michigan to remove the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline from the Straits of Mackinac. The pipeline, which Enbridge plans to use to transmit tar sands crude oil, threatens the traditional fishing rights of the Grand Traverse Band. These fishing rights are dependent on the health and water quality of the Great Lakes, and are guaranteed for time immemorial under the 1836 Treaty of Washington.
In September of 2016, the Grand Traverse Band issued a press release voicing support for the Standing Rock Sioux opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Tribal Chairman Sam McClellan said, “Both of these pipelines are scars across land and water that could injure not only treaty protected rights of Native Americans but also the land and water inheritance of all Americans. If we are to take these risks with our common resources, then at a minimum, both the federal government and the pipeline companies need to be held to the highest environmental and legal standard of review to ensure the safety of land and water for all Americans,”
A number of other First Nations have also voiced opposition to the project.
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