Arrests Made As Water Protectors Rally At Governor’s Residence

Above photo: Brandon J. Antell Sr., a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, waves a banner in front of the state capitol building during the Treaties Not Tar Sands rally on August 25, 2021. Ben Hovland | Sahan Journal.

St. Paul, MN – On Saturday morning, hundreds of people participated in a march from the MN State Capitol to the Governor’s residence led by pipeline resistance camp Camp Migizi. According to a statement from an organizer, Jaike Spotted-Wolf, Camp Migizi assembled at the Governor’s mansion to peacefully protest against Line 3, and for treaty rights and Indigenous Sovereignty. Armed police with riot gear have arrested over 50 Water Protectors with more arrests ongoing. 

Since Wednesday’s Treaties Not Tar Sands Rally to Stop Line 3, a group of peaceful water protectors were holding ceremonial space on the Capitol lawn. After the ceremony was interrupted by over 200 officers, forcing them to take down a ceremonial tipi, organizers decided to take their demands to the governor’s residence.