An Introduction

The Lummi people have  created a tradition of carving and delivering totem poles to areas struck by disaster or otherwise in need of hope and healing. Now it is Lummi Nation’s own sacred landscape, Xwe’chi’eXen, that needs hope, healing and protection. The most imminent threat to the burial grounds and treaty rights associated with Xwe’chi’eXen comes from a proposal to build North America’s largest coal port on this sacred landscape. The terminal would result in significant, unavoidable, and unacceptable interference with treaty rights and irreversible and irretrievable damage to Lummi spiritual values. As a result, in 2012 the Lummi Nation adopted a formal position opposing the proposed project. As Lummi Councilman Jay Julius, in opposing the proposed coal port, has said, Kwel hoy’: “We draw the line.” The sacred must be protected. Treaty rights must be honored. Kwel hoy.’

4 thoughts on “An Introduction

  1. I am in support of the Lummi People and the preservation of their lands and waters. We must end the use of coal and other non-sustainable forms of energy for it is not the way forward and is killing Creation.
    Peace to my brothers and sisters.
    Rick
    St. Leo Parish Tacoma WA

  2. St. Leo Parish in Tacoma, WA is supportive of the Lummi Nation. If there is something that we can do to make known the continued push by SSA Marine to damage or control Lummi Sacred Land, please let us know. This Parish community supports your people and care about the protection and preservation of the lands and waters the Creator has given to you to care and protect.

  3. Thanks for your comment Rick! Your expression of solidarity is appreciated. I’d encourage you to come to the event in Seattle and find out more about the struggle and how you and you’re community can get involved! The facebook event for it is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/753570788032799/

    If you don’t have facebook, it’s at “St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral 1245 10th Ave East” on Aug 29th from 10:30am-12:30

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