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Find stories below that have been published on Great Lakes Now and center indigenous voices and issues related to drinking water and the Great Lakes region.

Michigan tribes to Biden: Enbridge Line 5 threatens our treaty rights
- by Bridge Michigan

As Canada leans on an international treaty to keep oil flowing through Line 5, Michigan Native American tribal leaders want the Biden administration to acknowledge that the pipeline’s fate affects their treaty rights, too.

A record number of mussel-fouled watercraft have been intercepted at state inspection stations this summer
- by Char-Koosta News

It’s been kind of a half empty, half full aquatic invasive species (AIS) inspection effort this summer in Montana. There has been less watercraft inspected but a record number of mussel-fouled watercraft discovered. That’s not good but the fact that inspectors found them is good.

Indigenous leaders face barriers to UN climate conference
- by Indian Country Today

Indigenous leaders are largely being excluded from participation in the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference as the world grapples with escalating problems from floods, fires, heat, drought and other disasters.

Drinking Water News Roundup: US Steel spill, lead pipes, First Nations boil water advisories, Ohio wetlands
- by Maya Sundaresan

Catch the latest drinking water updates with Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

Enbridge: Line 3 replacement complete; oil will flow Friday
- by The Associated Press

The project was completed despite stiff opposition from tribes, environmentalists and others who argued that the 1,097-mile pipeline would violate treaty rights, worsen climate change and risk spills.

Raising Fish: An inside look at how one hatchery is helping to restore native Great Lakes species
- by Kathy Johnson

Raising lake sturgeon, walleye and whitefish requires knowledge of biology, engineering, physics, mathematics and a stomach impervious to strong fish smells.

Congresswomen urge Biden to stop pipeline in Minnesota visit
- by The Associated Press

A group of Democratic representatives called on Biden to revoke a federal water quality permit and stop the project, as the president did with the Keystone XL pipeline the day he took office.

Amid Extreme Heat and Drought, Line 3 Pipeline Construction Puts Water At Risk
- by Circle of Blue

State agencies insist — though scientists and indigenous leaders furiously disagree — that waterways won’t be affected.

Line 3 opponents descend on Minnesota Capitol to seek a stop
- by The Associated Press

The rally, part of a series of events called Treaties over Tar Sands organized by Indigenous and environmental activists, called on Gov. Tim Walz and President Joe Biden to pull permits and shut down the Line 3 replacement pipeline project.

Minnesota Supreme Court delivers blow to Line 3 opponents
- by The Associated Press

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal by opponents of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline, letting stand a key decision by independent regulators to allow construction on the project to proceed.

Canada commits $340 million to Indigenous protected areas, guardians programs
- by The Narwhal

The Canadian federal government announced it will provide funding over the next five years to support Indigenous-led stewardship of lands and waters under its $2.3 billion commitment to nature conservation.

Grayling Revival: Researchers hope to reintroduce a once-abundant native fish
- by Noah Bock

Michigan’s Arctic Grayling Initiative, a grassroots collaboration between the Michigan DNR, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and 45 regional partners, aims to restore populations of the little native fish.

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