SUNDAY, AUGUST 28TH – TOTEM POLE JOURNEY BLESSING
Montana is home to the Northern section of the Powder River Basin, a geologic region in Montana and Wyoming that supplies approximately 40% of the coal in the United States. Trains carrying coal from the Powder River Basin travel through Missoula, bisecting the northern part of the city with an east-west rail line. Surrounded by hills and mountains, Missoula is vulnerable to air inversions in the winter months which result in hazardously-low air quality. Particulate matter from coal trains passing through Missoula exacerbate air quality problems, disproportionately imposing health risks on disenfranchised and vulnerable communities who live nearest the rail lines.
Earlier this year, Montana succeeded in stopping the Otter Creek mine, a proposal for the largest new coal strip mine in North America. The Otter Creek mine would have increased coal production in the United States, releasing an estimated 2.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide in total when burned. Montanans also succeeded in preventing the construction of the Tongue River Railroad, a railroad system dependent on the Otter Creek Mine that would have enabled more coal by rail to travel through Missoula. With constant transportation of coal through Missoula, however, and continual fights against proposed coal export terminals on the Pacific Coast, the fight to protect the safety and well-being of human health, natural resources, and our global climate is ongoing.
~Naomi Price-Lazarus, Stand.earth
Location: Salvation Army of Missoula
355 S. Russell Street
Missoula, Montana, U.S.
Time: 4:00 pm
Inside Remarks and the Totem Story
- Welcome: Loreen Hamilton
- Framing: John Lund
- Context: Betsy Mulligan-Dague
- The Story: James Jewell and the Lummi team
- Response: George Price
Outside Remarks, Gifts and Blessings:
- Hand Washing: Amy Carter and John Daniels (others may step in)
- Remarks: Kathy Little Leaf, Shelly Fyant
- Gift giving: a group of us
- Salish Blessing: Arleen Adams
Dinner will be offered after the presentations and Blessing