The presentation was delivered by Carl Iron Eyes, CEO and Clan Father, and Coyote Mick Tomi, Director of Communications and CTO, at Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, MN, on October 26, 2019, to an audience of energy industry leaders and journalists.
Carl Iron Eyes: Good afternoon and thank you for coming. I am Carl Iron Eyes, CEO and Clan Father for the Indigenous Pipeline Council. The IPC is the only fully native-owned and -operated energy company in the Americas. I am a Native American Indian of the Athabascan Oil Sands area in Alberta, where we've been operating since 2016.
Coyote Mick Tomi: And I am Coyote Mick Tomi, Chief Technology and Communications Officer, also a Clan Father for the IPC family, and an Ojibwe from right here in Minnesota. Carl's and my ancestors moved freely to supply their changing energy needs.Now, today, it's the energy that does the moving. And we at the IPC help it to move—from Carl's homeland to mine.
Carl Iron Eyes: White people's search for energy independence has often hurt Native Americans—like Coyote Mick here and myself. Where a hundred million of us used to roam, only five million of us live on.
Coyote Mick Tomi: Our lands were destroyed, our peoples poisoned, our fauna and flora extinguished, all in the name of "freedom"—which is what people now mean by "energy independence." And the legacy continues as oil and pipeline companies destroy our ancestral lands. No wonder we have "reservations" about them.
Carl Iron Eyes: But Enbridge isn’t like other companies. When Enbridge undertook the Line 3 replacement, they fully intended to avoid all sacred lands. They quickly realized it wasn't possible, so Enbridge did the next best thing: they asked us at the IPC to finish the final 19 miles of the Line 3 Replacement. And that's exactly what we're doing! We have a representative of Enbridge right here—thank you, Steve. Now, let's run the promo.
Carl Iron Eyes: We all know we can't remove risk entirely. Everything's risky: caribou hunting, maize planting… and building pipelines.
Coyote Mick Tomi: But when there were tens of millions of us inhabiting North America, we kept the peace by sharing risk fairly. And that’s what our pipeline plan does: it ensures that those who share in the wealth from oil production and transport also share in the risk.
Carl Iron Eyes: Beginning this month, using 100% Native know-how and grit, we are undertaking construction of the final 19 miles of the Line 3 Replacement, mainly through the heart of the Duluth metro area.
Coyote Mick Tomi: It's in the shape of our sacred Storm-Bird’s wing. In our stories, the Storm-Bird creates energy with its wings for the earth's seven quadrants, and the wing's shape is perfect for our staggered offloading technology, with intermediate egress valves at each apex.
Carl Iron Eyes: It'll terminate at a brand-new, start-of-the-art shipping port and refinery to be built on the Duluth City waterfront by mid-2021. It's going to be great!!
Coyote Mick Tomi: Some Duluth residents may be worried about the so-called "boomtown" effect. It's true that many areas with new oil infrastructure have historically shown a variety of effects.
Coyote Mick Tomi: There tends to be an increase in violent and non-violent crime. And mainly because of the man-camps, drug addiction goes up. Prostitution goes up too. Traffic fatalities also go up, cuz of unregulated semis and makeshift roads.
Coyote Mick Tomi: Also, we Natives have lots of experience with what happens when they find oil or build infrastructure in our communities... and we're prepared to do what it takes to make sure these things don't happen to you good people here in Duluth.
Carl Iron Eyes: In fact, we’ve got a five-fold commitment to the residents of Duluth that we're calling the hand of Native protection. It's made of five “fingers.”
Coyote Mick Tomi: The first finger is consultation. When our ancestors would embark on the voluntary reorganization of somebody else's homeland, they felt a duty to consult with them first. That's why for the next 5 days, you can visit the IPC website and suggest modifications to the Line 3 route. Get yours in before your neighbors do!
Carl Iron Eyes: Another key "finger" is education—preparing all children and adults for emergency pipeline scenarios. We all know pipelines can rupture… but that doesn’t have to be a disaster if we prepare our children correctly.
Coyote Mick Tomi: The third finger of the hand of Native protection: stimulation. The IPC is native-owned and operated, but we commit to hire multiple non-native contractors, and create dozens of jobs, several of which could possibly become semi-permanent.
Carl Iron Eyes: Then there's resettlement. The IPC has a program to relocate residents to a beautiful parcel of land on the other side of Morgan Park, with free medical services and ample leisure opportunities.
Coyote Mick Tomi: Finally, the fifth finger of the hand of Native protection, handoff. As the profits come to benefit the greater Duluth community, it will be natural to apportion a greater ownership share to affected residents.
Coyote Mick Tomi: Together we have shared the benefits of our land for a very, very long time. Now it is time to share the responsibilities. Each one of you here is a representative of many thousands of your neighbors and fellow citizens. As you agree to join us here today, your community agrees to join us as well. We thank you.