On Sunday, September 29th, Anishinaabe horseback riders will begin a solemn ride along the proposed route of the Enbridge Alberta Clipper Pipeline in northern Minnesota. The proposed pipeline will make it the largest tar sands pipeline in the world. Honor the Earth, with the support and leadership of founders Winona LaDuke and the Indigo Girls, intends to draw attention to the current expansion, which is under consideration by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.
The pipeline ride will begin with a drum blessing ceremony at the Enbridge refinery in Superior Wisconsin. The riders will cross treaty land and meet with community and indigenous leaders, urging local input into pipeline expansion proposals.
Honor the Earth Ride Schedule:
Sept 29th Day 1: Enbridge Ceremony 9AM. Untrailer horses immediately after at Wisconsin-Minnesota state line. Ride to Kiiwenzii camp on Fond du Lac Reservation, (23miles).
Sept 30th Day 2: Ride from Kiiwenzii camp to Brookston (14 miles). Spend afternoon in Brookston. Community events.
Oct 1st Day 3: Ride from Brookston to Floodwood (18 miles)
Oct 2nd Day 4: Ride from Floodwood to Wawina/Swan River (21 miles)
Oct 3rd Day 5: Ride from Swan River to Grand Rapids/La Prairie (23 miles)
Oct 4th Day 6: Ride from Cohasset to Ball Club Powwow Grounds (20 miles)
Oct 5th Day 7: Ride from Ball Club to Bena for rest. Bena to Cass Lake Powwow Ground (36 miles).
Oct 6th Day 8: Rest in Cass Lake
Oct 7th FINAL DAY: Cass Lake to Leonard (31 miles). Option to trailer South of Bemidji, bypass and restart North of Bemidji.
200-230 miles over 9 days, with 1 day of rest on 8th day.
Departure times will be distinguished the night before each departure, and arrival times will depend on the horses.