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.

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Strip Canoe

Spring Street International School, Friends of the San Juans, and San Juan Island School District are co-sponsoring a youth canoe-building project with Lummi Nation master canoe-builders. The 21-foot, six-seat canoes will be used to teach Coast Salish history, navigational skills, and paddle technique.

A Cultural Resurgence

Nisqually Canoe Journey, held near Olympia last week, represented 27 years of the revitalized Coast Salish practice of traveling the “saltwater highway” to sing, dance, feast and renew friendships between tribes in Washington and British Columbia. As Nisqually elder Cleo Frank remarked, “We have a whole generation now that were born into it and will never know a time when the canoe journey hasn’t been here.”