Tribal Impacts

Enbridge and other pipeline companies have encountered strong opposition from different tribes throughout the region.


Exposed pipeline on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Northeastern Minnesota.

Enbridge’s  preferred corridor for the new Sandpiper and Line 3 Replacement pipeline bisects the 1855 treaty territory, a region of the state in which tribal hunting, fishing, and gathering rights are federally guaranteed. Wild rice, or manoomin, grows in abundance in the region and is critical to the culture and identity of tribes as well as an important food and income source. Many have spoken out against the pipeline, including the Mille Lacs and White Earth Ojibwe bands. 

After intense outcry in opposition to the Sandpiper Pipeline, Marathon announced it would pull its investment in the Sandpiper and instead invest in the Dakota Access pipeline through Iowa.  The Standing Rock Sioux have asked for the rejection of this pipeline, which crosses tribal land.  In the mean time, they have set up the Sacred Stone Camp on the Standing Rock reservation to stop the pipeline.  There has been an outpouring of support from around the country, including celebrities. The Ho-Chunk and Lac du Flambeau tribes have also passed resolutions in support.