January 31, 2019 Newsletter

A big Thank You to Ellany Kayce for her powerful presentation on How to Be an Ally to Indigenous People this past Sunday! We are so grateful for her work, and for sharing with us. For those interested in booking her for a workshop for your group or organization, please reach out to her directly at ellany.kayce@gmail.com.

For our next Gathering, we will be welcoming Karen Capuder, who will be sharing on the history of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation on Sunday February 17th from 2 - 5pm* at Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

*Note the change in time from our usual schedule!

Read further for upcoming events and news:

Salish Sea Lobby Day / Free the Snake Advocacy Day: The Time is Now

Monday, February 4th  9:00am - 5:00pm
beginning at St. John's Episcopal Church
114 20th Ave SE, Olympia WA 98501

Join with Tribal community leaders in calling for bold action for Southern Resident Orca recovery, including removal of the four lower Snake River hydropower dams.

Learning Right Relations will be co-hosting a dinner to follow this event, and are looking for volunteers to help in this effort! Please email learningrightrelations@gmail.com for more details. 

Upcoming Lobby Days:
Native American Indian Lobby Day - April 2nd - full-day

Click here to listen to last week's sermon at Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, featuring Melissa Bennett (Umatilla/Nez Perce/Sak & Fox) speaking on "Allowing Grief: The Medicine of Birch Bark Baskets"


Good News for Puyallup Water Warriors in fight against LNG:
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) has postponed their decision on PSE's Operating Permit as they review the multitude of public comments. Click here to read petition update: PSE's LNG Permit Delayed! Financial Shenanigans Exposed!

Local News: 
Click here to read Indian Country Today's article: Squaxin Island Tribe announces passing of longtime Tribal Chairman David Lopeman

The Fight to Protect Wet'suwet'en Land:
Wet'suwet'en Strong Supporter Toolkit has been launched as a resource guide for supporters to take action and organize. The toolkit includes: Ways to Take Action and Support, Quick Links to Contact Government, Solidarity Leaflet for Distribution, Educational Materials, Information on Wet'suwet'en jurisdiction, and more! Click here for supporter toolkit.

TransCanada is pressing forward with work on the pipeline. Click here to read article from Canada's National Observer: RCMP on sidelines as TransCanada bulldozes Wet'suwet'en land.

Hereditary chiefs across what is known as Canada came together to express support for the Wet'suwet'en people defending their lands. Click here to watch press conference posted live to Facebook.

"And Now We Know: Indigenous Artists Write the World"
The Gallery at Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts
South Puget Sound Community College 
February 7th to March 8th 
Opening Reception Friday, February 8th, 6 - 8 pm

Curated by artist Asia Tail, the exhibition features Indigenous artists of the Pacific Northwest, working across media at the intersection of literary and visual arts. The Gallery will also host a library with a selection of publications by local Native writers.

Winona LaDuke
Thursday, February 7th, 2019
7:30 - 9:30 pm

South Puget Sound Community College
2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia

Click here to buy your tickets now. Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned Native activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. She recently was featured on Democracy Now!, advocating for an Indigenous-led Green New Deal. As we look forward to her upcoming presentation, we encourage you to check out one of her many books, including All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life and Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming

Here are links to articles Winona LaDuke has written on interconnecting issues of economy, the Green New Deal, environmental justice, militarization of the police, and feeding the soul through traditional foods: 

Click here to read article: Bears and the Green New Deal: Connecting the life cycles of bears, the Bear Market, and the Green New Deal. 

Click here to read article: Ricekeepers: The history of wild rice harvesting by the Anishannaabeg and concerns about the patenting of the wild rice genome.

Click here to read article: Militarizing Minnesota: Duluth's interest in purchasing riot gear in the effort to protect the needs of Canadian mining and pipeline companies. 

Click here to watch Winona LaDuke on Democracy Now! speaking about the need for an Indigneous-led Green New Deal. 

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Oceania Rising: Peace Pivot to the Pacific
Tuesday, February 19th, 7 - 9 pm

Hosted by Zoltan Grossman at The Evergreen State College
Purce Hall Lecture Hall 01
2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW, Olympia WA 98505

Amy Troyer-Karas