While Northern Cheyenne looks for a permanent home for the Totem Pole, it’s resting temporarily out side the Northern Plains Resource Council building in Billings, Montana.
On January 22, 2016, the Northern Plains Resource Council held a “Totem Pole Celebration and Chili Feed” to install the Totem Pole in its new, temporary home. Otto Braided Hair of Lame Deer and Jeanie Alderson, a Birney rancher and Vice Chair of Northern Plains, spoke about the significance of this totem pole in representing our shared interest in protecting native homelands from the destruction caused by coal exports.
Northern Cheyenne tribal member Otto Braided Hair called a 22-foot-tall totem pole, a gift from the Lummi Nation to the Northern Cheyenne, a symbol of solidarity for those who vow to protect the Earth.
Jaci Webb, Billings Gazette
“West Coast totem pole symbolizes power,
solidarity to Montana tribal members”
January 22, 2016
Montana local articles
- Totem pole, symbol of coal fight, finds temporary home By: ED KEMMICK | January 22, 2016
- West Coast totem pole symbolizes power, solidarity to Montana tribal members By JACI WEBB firstname.lastname@example.org Jan 22, 2016
- PACIFIC NORTHWEST TOTEM POLE DEDICATED IN BILLINGS by Western Organization of Resource Councils
- Traditional Native totem pole dedicated in Billings, January 22, 2016
Photos by Ed Kemmick (Last Best News) and Bob Zellar (Billings Gazette)