White Earth Nation, Honor the Earth to hold media event

White Earth tribal officials and Honor the Earth’s executive director will hold a media event about drought, dewatering, and wild rice concerns.

According to the notice issued by the White Earth Reservation Business Committee, the decision to grant Enbridge a variance to the state dewatering permit was granted without consulting the tribe.

Most of Minnesota is in a moderate drought and the White Earth Nation is in a severe drought.

Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project is expected to be complete later this year.

Manoomin, or wild rice, is considered a sacred food and many tribal members rely on the fall harvest for their income.

Dewatering is a construction technique that in this case is used to install pipes in watery areas, to lower the water table for horizontal drilling.

Best practices recommend pumping the water into a marshy or wooded area, if possible.

UPDATED: The event has been postponed due to the weather.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.

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