MINOT, N.D. — Winona LaDuke is a Native American activist whose group, Honor the Earth, has been very active in opposing energy development projects, typically pipelines, across our region.
Her group fought against the Dakota Access Pipeline here in North Dakota, in addition to the Line 3 replacement project in Minnesota.
Recently the folks behind the Line 3 project — which, again, is the effort to replace an existing line — got some good news from Minnesota’s state government. After an absurdly tortuous review process, dotted with many protests and legal challenges, state regulators recently granted key permits to allow construction to go forward.
This has enraged LaDuke and other anti-pipeline activists, many of whom posture themselves as representing the best interests of our region’s Indigenous peoples.
During a recent interview on a Twin Cities PBS affiliate, LaDuke was asked about people in Native American communities who are supportive of projects like Line 3 because of things like the jobs they provide.
LaDuke responded to the question by suggesting these people are like Nazi collaborators.