With declining Sockeye and Chinook salmon, Lummi Nation Natural Resources department is sampling Dungeness larvae to protect the economically vital crab fishery and the juvenile Chinook for whom the larvae is a mainstay of their diet.
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 CAPR 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.
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.
The city of Blaine, Washington has approved a settlement agreement with Lummi Nation to transfer ownership of a piece of land on Semiahmoo spit, where artifacts and human remains were disturbed in the late 1990s during expansion of a wastewater treatment plant. It has since been replaced and relocated away from the former Lummi village.
Lummi Nation planning commissioner Sharlaine LaClair, Democrat, will take on incumbent Luanne Van Werven in the general election for the 42nd district house of representatives in the Washington State legislature. In 2013, in her role as vice-chair of the Washington Republican Party, Van Werven facilitated money-laundering from the Cherry Point coal export consortium to the Tea Party-led PACs established by KGMI radio host Kris Halterman, who in 2012 and 2013 hosted Elaine Willman from CERA–the “Ku Klux Klan of Indian Country”–on her program Saturday Morning Live three times. Willman was part of the headline at the anti-Indian conference held in Bellingham WA on April 6, 2013, and stated “Tribalism is socialism, and has no place in our country!”
Note: For more on organized racism in Whatcom County, see Netwar at Cherry Point: White Power on the Salish Sea.