May 21, 2019 Newsletter

Please join us for our May Gathering, featuring Yvonne Peterson who will be presenting on the tradition of Chehalis basketry weaving. Yvonne represents eight generations of Chehalis tribal artisans who have been sustained through the practice of this craft. She will be sharing on the materials used and their cultural significance, as well as ways non-Native people can support this tradition.

We hope to see you there! This Sunday, May 26th from 1 - 4pm at Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation. 2315 Division St NW, Olympia WA 98502

As usual, please bring a healthy dish to share for potluck following the presentation and donate as you are able, $5-20 suggested donation.

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The Puyallup Tribal Council has praised Governor Jay Inslee's recent withdrawal of support for the proposed Liquefied Natural Gas project in Tacoma. Inslee's statement shows "strong leadership on climate change", according to Puyallup Tribal Council Chairman Bill Sterud. Despite Inslee's opposition, the state's current regulatory process will be followed and the Tribe and its allies will need to continue to be vigilant and show their resolve.

Read article on Puyallup Tribe's website: Tribe welcomes Governor Inslee's stance against LNG project

A recent article from Truthout recognizes the importance of Indigenous Sovereignty and leadership in the effort to protect the "essential, interconnected web of life on Earth". UN Report Says Indigenous Sovereignty Could Save the Planet

Breaking news! On Monday, May 20th, the Supreme Court rules in favor of tribal treaty rights in major decision, Herrera v. Wyoming, with a vote of 5-4. "This ruling is a huge win for Clayvin Herrera, the Crow Tribe and tribes across the country that entered into treaties with the federal government," stated Lillian Alvernaz, Indigenous justice legal fellow with the ACLU of Montana.

Read article on Indian Country Today: Treaty rights win in Supreme Court

Help us reach our goal in support of Paddle to Lummi Blanket Project

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Mark your calendars! Paddle to Lummi 2019
July 24th - 28th

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Click here for job opportunity as Tribal Liaison with CHOICE Regional Health Network.

Amy Troyer-Karas