Racist Radio

As Dena Jensen reports, William Honea, Skagit County senior deputy prosecuting attorney –in justifying the CERA anti-Indian workshop in Mount Vernon on May 20–falsely attributed an incendiary quote to Swinomish tribal chairman Brian Cladoosby. Given that Mr. Honea–like CERA celebrity Elaine Willman–was given a platform on KGMI radio to promote racist resentment, it is perhaps a good time for human rights activists and moral authorities to pursue having Saturday Morning Live removed from its programming. After four years of hosting anti-Indian racists on her show, it’s time for KGMI to pull the plug on Tea Party leader Kris Halterman.

Racist Revival

As reported at Noisy Waters Northwest, CERA–the “Ku Klux Klan of Indian country”–made an appearance in Skagit County yesterday, four years after the CERA anti-Indian conference in Whatcom County. The 2013 CERA gathering targeted Lummi Nation, while the 2017 workshop targeted Swinomish Tribal Community.

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians–Lummi and Swinomish included–oppose fossil fuel export on the Salish Sea, providing an opportunity for promoters of interracial discord to cash in on the carbon corridor conflict.

Read more on the anti-Indian movement revival in the Salish Sea region here.

The Terminators

As the Indian Law and Policy Center reports, termination of Indian tribes as sovereign political entities is endemic in the current presidential administration. Taken as a whole, the agenda of key cabinet appointees and advisors is to finalize assimilation of tribes into the American system of corporate institutional dominance.

In essence, this agenda’s goal is the de facto abrogation of treaties made between tribes and the United States. Indeed, remarks made by Interior Secretary Zinke come right out of the CERA Anti-Indian playbook.

Round Three

As I characterized the Cherry Point coal fracas, that was round one–a preliminary event prior to the main bout. Round two is the update and revision of land use policies at Cherry Point, consistent with the State of Washington Growth Management Act. As reported at RESources, round three includes many battles in the fossil fuel export war at Cherry Point, that pits Coast Salish tribes against Wall Street.

Friend of Tribes

Former Washington Governor Mike Lowry, “a true friend of the tribes,” passed away May 1. Northwest Treaty Tribes recall Governor Lowry, who supported the Centennial Accord, which acknowledged the tribes as co-managers of natural resources that sustain the indigenous cultures of the Salish Sea. The 1989 accord, designed in part by former National Congress of American Indians president Joe DeLaCruz–chair of public policy at CWIS–became a model for Native Americans.