Tribal members threaten to block pipeline

Clyde Bellecourt

Some American Indians threaten to stop efforts to build a pair of northern Minnesota oil pipelines.

Native American activist Clyde Bellecourt on Wednesday said Indian pipeline opponents "definitely" will attempt to block construction any way they can.

"We have our rights…" said Bellecourt, an American Indian Movement founder, "particularly when it is going to pollute our land."

Environmentalists and Indian efforts to derail the pipeline project have failed to stop construction so far as Minnesota utility regulators and the courts have rejected their claims. The state Public Utilities Commission last week gave its final approval for Enbridge Energy to go ahead with the pipeline project.

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