Totem pole calling attention to Indigenous environmental issues will stop in North Dakota, Minnesota

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FORT YATES, ND – A 5,000 pound totem pole will arrive this weekend at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and Shell City Campground in northern Minnesota to call on President Joe Biden to shut down the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline and to stop construction of Line 3 replacement project.

Totem Pole, Carved by “House of Tears Carvers” from the Lummi Nation in Northwestern Washington, Takes Two Week Trip to Washington, DC Aim is to Gain Attention from Biden on culturally significant sites across the United States and how they are threatened by climate change and the fossil fuel industry.

“Each stop on our journey will be a time of prayer and reflection, as people across India share their hopes for a future where our most sacred places, the places where we worship and collect food and medicine, are protected, ”Jewell said. Wolf ”James, House of Tears Carvers master sculptor and citizen of the Lummi Nation, in a statement.

The 25-foot totem pole aims to connect the communities he visits and to convey “the spirit of the lands he visits and the power and prayers of the communities along the way,” according to the Red Road to DC website, which is the name of the pole route.

The totem pole at the sacred village of Wishtoyo north of Malibu, California in June / House of Tears Carvers

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The totem pole is expected to arrive in the nation’s capital on July 29, where communities and activists will hold an exhibit and donate the pole to the Biden-Harris administration.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will host the totem pole on Saturday, July 24, as its arrival represents solidarity with the tribal nation’s multi-year struggle with the Dakota Access Pipeline, which the tribe says would devastate its water supply if an oil spill was to occur.

From Fort Yates, North Dakota, the post will travel to Menahga, Minnesota on Sunday, July 25, where activists and organizers set up the Shell City Campground to rally to protest the construction of the pipeline from Enbridge Line 3.

If you are going to

North Dakota, Standing Rock Sioux Reserve:

  • Where: In front of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal administration building, Fort Yates.
  • When: Saturday July 24, from 9 a.m.

Minnesota, Shell City Campground:

  • Where: Off 390th Street, Menahga, Minn.
  • When: Sunday July 25, from 4 p.m.


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