From the wild rice lakes of Minnesota to the Klamath River Basin in Southern Oregon and Northern California, communities across the nation are seeing increased pipeline and other fossil fuel infrastructure development impacting clean water, native land and the climate.
Internationally renowned activist and Ashland High School graduate Winona LaDuke will be in Southern Oregon on Sunday, June 3, to speak about indigenous-led pipeline resistance, sustainable food systems and more. “Just Resist: An Evening with Winona LaDuke and Water Protectors” will take place from 4-6 p.m. in the Stevenson Union Rogue River Room at Southern Oregon University in Ashland.
LaDuke works on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, where she has been fighting the proposed Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline, which would bring tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, across Minnesota to Wisconsin.
The event will also include information about the local Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline fight, and other issues facing Tribal Nations in Oregon and Northern California. The 229-mile Pacific Connector pipeline is proposed to run from Klamath County through Southern Oregon to the proposed Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal in Coos Bay. The proposed project crosses traditional tribal territories and cultural resources, nearly 500 streams and rivers, and would become the largest single source of climate pollution in Oregon. The project’s water permits are currently under review by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Other speakers include Chairman Don Gentry of the Klamath Tribes and Yurok, Karuk and Hoopa youth leaders, among others. There will also be a community art and screen printing project led by Klamath Modoc artists Asa Wright and Ka’ila Farrell-Smith outside of the event from 3–4 p.m. .
The event will raise funds for LaDuke’s organization Honor the Earth and the fifth annual Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp, a week long youth camp organized by the Civil Liberty Defense Center and Rogue Climate with art training provided by Signal Fire. This camp will bring together high school youth from across the region to learn skills and be empowered to lead the movement for climate justice.
Tickets are available at rogueclimate.org/just_resist. The cost is $20 general admission ($10 for students and seniors). There are a limited amount of free tickets for Native American community members (call or email Rogue Climate at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-301-9204).
The event is organized by Honor The Earth, Rogue Climate, Red Earth Descendants, SOU Native American Studies Department, OHSU Nursing Students Without Borders, ECOS, KS Wild, Signal Fire, Sa’amaqs Studios, Southern Oregon Rising Tide and others.