Bad River: A Line in the Sand

Protecting the Bad River, Tribal Sovereignty, and the Great Lakes

Bad River, a documentary film set for release on March 15, 2024, delves into the real-life David-and-Goliath battle over the Line 5 Pipeline between the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Enbridge, a massive pipeline company. The film highlights the Bad River Band’s fight to protect their land from potential environmental catastrophe caused by the pipeline, which traverses their reservation and sits, exposed, near an eroding part of the Bad River. Despite the Band’s legal efforts and the clear risks posed by the pipeline’s deteriorating condition, the struggle persists in both legal and political arenas. 

Director Mary Mazzio’s documentary underscores the importance of Tribal sovereignty, environmental activism, and the broader implications of fossil fuel infrastructure projects on local communities and the climate. Through its focused narrative, Bad River offers a poignant portrayal of the ongoing challenges faced by Indigenous communities, as well as the urgent need for environmental stewardship in the face of corporate interests. 

Donate to the Bad River Band and join over 10,000 NWF members who have called on President Biden to revoke Line 5’s permit.

For more information on Line 5, visit the Great Lakes Regional Center’s Line 5 page.