CLOQUET, MN-- Crews working on the Line 3 pipeline replacement project on the Fond Du Lac Reservation have some new neighbors.
Ones who say they are opposed to any potential environmental impacts.
"I made a promise to the next seven generations that I would do everything in my power to stop Line 3," said Camp Migizi Founder, Tayshia Martineau.
Water Protectors at the camp, as they prefer to be called, said Tuesday they bought the land on January 9 and set up shop by Jan. 10.
"In under a month, we raised the funds on Go Fund Me," said Martineau.
They said they paid around $30,000 for around nine acres.
The camp comes equipped with a heated bathroom that was built for the occasion, and tents are set up around the land to keep themselves warm.
A lot of their items have been donated by people in support of what they’re doing.
"We got a lot of support, we got folks come by from Maine yesterday," said Water Protector, Jeffrey Nichols-Haining.
Nichols-Haining adds the camp isn’t sitting on top of where the pipeline will go.. but they're close to the construction.
“It makes it a lot easier for us to go over there and do stuff it’s nice to be able to see what they’re doing all the time.”
Martineau adds lately their goal has been to delay the pipeline for as long as possible.
"I don't have the education to take this to court but I do have a strong able capable body and I can put myself in front of these pipelines."
They're willing to be at the camp for as long as it takes.
"Ne mama aqui that means Mother Earth, she provides everything that you need so as long as she'll have us we'll be here," said Martineau.
Enbridge was not available for an interview about the camp Tuesday but they did share a statement with us:
Our first priority is the safety of all involved - our workers, men and women in law enforcement and the protesters themselves. As a company, we recognize the rights of individuals and groups to express their views legally and peacefully. We don’t tolerate illegal activities of any kind including trespassing, vandalism, or other mischief, and Enbridge will seek to prosecute those individuals to the fullest extent of the law.
As the result of negotiations with tribal leadership Enbridge routed Line 3 outside of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation and through the Reservation of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Both Leech Lake and Fond du Lac have spoken and written repeatedly in support of project permits. Thirty tribes consulted in the Army Corps of Engineers process for Line 3, and Fond du Lac led a Tribal Cultural Resources Survey of the route of the project, in which eight tribes participated with staff. In addition to changing the design of the project to reflect Tribal input, Enbridge committed to working hard to benefit Tribal communities, and has already spent over $175 million on training and employment of Native Americans and contracting with Native owned businesses who are now at work on this project.
We also reached back out to several law enforcement agencies about the camp but did not hear back.