BEMIDJI, Minn. — Just over a snowbank in rural Clearwater County, Minn., four orange posts stick out of the ground.
They mark where four pipelines run underground, transporting crude oil to the Enbridge Energy terminal in Superior. But they also mark a point of protest for those sitting around a campfire on the other side of the snowbank.
Those protesters, some American Indian and some not, oppose the pipelines’ existence under Red Lake reservation lands, which they say is illegal. Since Thursday, they’ve camped in a plowed-out area above the pipelines, braving the snow that was coming their way Monday night.