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Please reach out to the committee lead, Andrea, to offer your help working to remove Line 5, a threat to 20% of the world's fresh water and to the businesses of every community along the Great Lakes. The Line 5 fight has shown the very worst in human behavior both in politics and by Enbridge, a Canadian energy company.

Water is Life | Indigenous Lifeways Threatened by Enbridge’s Line 5

Tribal leaders and Native community members share how #Enbridge #Line5 currently impacts and the proposed tunnel will continue to harm Native communities in the Mackinac Straits. Through sharing about  lifeways and connection to the Straits, they affirm that #WaterIsLife. They envision Michiganders safeguarding the Great Lakes out of gratitude for the life they give and the place of gathering they provide. Michiganders powering quality of life for all with renewable energy that never risks life-giving water or the places that make life worth living.

Andrea Pierce - Water Warrior

Andrea Pierce - Is Co-founder and chair of the Anishinaabek Caucus, member of the advisory board of Ann Arbor Public Power, member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, and life-long activist on behalf of indigenous rights. She is also a grandmother, mother, auntie, and friend to innumerable people as her circle keeps growing. Andrea is a water protector, and will talk about current concerns that effect not only First Nation peoples but ALL communities, including the on-going battle to stop pipelines that threaten our environment, the PFAS that threaten our drinking water and what we can do about it!


Anishinaabek Caucus members angry with the MI Public Service Commission members  who spinelessly shirked their duty to protect the Great Lakes. 12/1/23

full video on MPSC website

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Town Hall video on ending Line 5 hosted by Dr. Kyle Whyte, member of the Michigan Anishinaabek Caucus   featuring Dr. Aaron Payment, Jamie Stuck, Andrea Pierce, Biidaaban Reinhardt, Sean McBrearty, Dr. Marty Reinhardt. Powerful reflections, the latest news + transformative visions.  Nov 22, 2021


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Oil and Water Don't Mix

FLOW: For Love of Water

Close Line 5 News

Big Oil in the Mackinac Straits Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen, by Hadassah Greensky, 3/22/22

Earth Day message from Whitney Gravelle, 4/22/21 (Whitney Gravelle is the Bay Mills Indian Community Tribal Chairperson)

Did Enbridge Intend to Mislead Press and Public?, 4/8/21

Michigan tribes send letter to Biden asking him to back Line 5 shutdown, 11/5/21

Mackinac Bridge closes after bomb threat, 7/18/21

The feds just threw a wrench into Enbridge’s plan to keep Line 5 running, 7/2/21

NHBP Tribal Members join hundreds in serving Enbridge an eviction notice, 6/21/21

Navajo woman chosen to head U.S. Office of Indian Energy Programs and Policy, 1/25/21

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Passes Resolution Designating the Straits of Mackinac as a Traditional Cultural Property, 5/21/21

Why I’m trying to shut down an underwater oil pipeline that threatens the Great Lakes, by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, 5/14/21

Tribal leaders denounce Enbridge for ‘manipulative’ video about Indigenous peacemaking, 4/19/21

Native American Rights Fund and Bay Mills Indian Community Fighting Line 5

Treaty rights acknowledged for first time in oil pipeline's controversial history, 3/12/21

Progress Michigan Demands Removal of Enbridge’s False Advertising, 3/9/21

Tribes worry Line 5 tunnel construction could bring sex trafficking, violence to Native communities, 3/7/21

Native Americans, Environmentalists Notch Another Pipeline Victory, 11/25/20

Native American Caucus' Statement on Biden Administration's Decision to Maintain the Dakota Access Pipeline, 4/20/20

Enbridge pipes political money to Michigan Chamber's effort to fight ballot initiatives, 5/7/18

Line 5: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District File No. LRE-2010-00463-56-A19