Published September 2, 2017
STRAITS OF MACKINAC – Dozens of American Indians and their allies spent part of their holiday weekend gathered at the Straits of Mackinac to show their continued opposition to the Enbridge Line 5.
At least two dozen of those gathered at the Straits of Mackinac were water protectors at Standing Rock during the several months of resistance.
For those water protectors in attendance, Standing Rock represented an event to a water protection movement that has been ongoing in different parts of Indian Country for several years. Saturday’s gathering was the Third Annual National Rally & Pipe Out Paddle Protest in Mackinaw City, Michigan.
The purpose of the protest was to bring attention to the dangers of Enbridge Line 5’s two 20-inch pipelines. Built in 1953, Line 5 travels beneath the Straits of Mackinac, the body of water that separates Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas and Lake Michigan from Lake Huron. The two pipelines lie between 100 – 270 feet below the water surface and are separated by 1,000 feet.
See a more complete story in Native News Online’s Sunday edition.
Native News Online photos of today’s events by Levi Rickert.