August 6, 2019 Newsletter

We want to extend a big Thank You to all who attended and supported the Paddle to Lummi 2019! We know that for those who were able to make the trip to Lummi, it was an incredible experience and look forward to sharing and hearing those stories. We also are so grateful to all who donated and supported in other ways, including fundraising for the Paddle to Lummi Blanket Project.

We have met our fundraising goal for this project, thanks to all your support! If you would still like to contribute and receive a blanket, you are welcome to do so. We are in the process of determining how excess funds will be used.

If you have not already picked up your blanket, please do so at your earliest convenience:

Olympia area pick-up:
New Traditions (store side)
300 5th Ave SW
Olympia, WA 98501
Pick up between 11am and 6pm, and be sure to have your name marked off of our master list.

Bellingham area pick-up:
Please email Jean LaValley at to coordinate a time for you to pick up your blanket.

If these pick-up locations are not convenient for you, we will be arranging for blankets to be mailed or delivered to those out of the area. Email your mailing address to us at

You can also watch for updates on our website, for more details on this project.

Feel free to email with any questions!

Read further for upcoming events and related news:

Canoe Journey generation youth are fulfilling the dream of its Seattle founder
A recent article published on Indian Country Today highlights the emergence of a new generation of Indigenous leaders, evident at the 2019 Paddle to Lummi Canoe Journey.
Click here to read article on Indian Country Today.

Public Hearing on PSE LNG Gas Refinery/Liquefaction
Tuesday, August 27th 2 - 10pm
Rialto Theater

310 S 9th St, Tacoma WA 98402

There will be two hearings, from 2 - 5pm and from 6:30-10pm. Click here for facebook event site.

Ancestral Waters - Free Documentary Screening
Tuesday, August 27th 5 - 6:30pm
Urban Grace, The Downtown Church
902 Market St, Tacoma WA 98402

Join Native Daily Network, along with environmental & social justice groups, in hosting a free screening of the recently released documentary "Ancestral Waters", which chronicles the Puyallup Tribe and Water Warriors' movement to resist the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility currently being built without proper permits on the Tribe's ancestral tideflats in violation of the Medicine Creek Treaty.

Click here for facebook event site.


Two Lummi Nation tribal members have notified the Miami Seaquarium of their intent to sue under the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) for the release of Sk'aliCh'elh-tenaut, also known as Tokitae, the last surviving southern resident orca in captivity. Click here to read article from Seattle Times: Lummi tribal members could sue under repatriation act to free captive orca in Miami.

On July 17th, 33 elders were arrested while peacefully gathering in resistance to the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the sacred site of Mauna Kea, also known as Mauna a Wakea. Click here to read article on Indian Country Today: Mauna Kea is only latest thing they want to take, 'we will not give it to them'

NDN Collective has announced they will be matching ever dollar donated to Hawaii Unity and Liberation Institute up to $10,000, to reach goal of $20,000 in solidarity with Mauna Kea Resistance. Click here to read more about this campaign and donate.

The Stikine River supports five different species of salmon, as well as moose, geese and deer, and flows from an area known as the Sacred Headwaters in British Columbia into Southeast Alaska. The Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people have occupied this region for over 10,000 years. Currently the Stikine River is being threatened by pollution from the Red Chris Mine, with other mines proposed nearby. Click here to read article on Stikine River by Elizabeth Peterman, Tlingit, descendent of Chief Shakes VII: Saving Our Way of Life in Alaksa

Click here to send direct message to Secretary Pompeo, demanding for the U.S. Department of State to protect the Stikine River from harmful mining.

You're Invited!
Learning Right Relations Action Group Meeting

Tuesday, August 13th 6 - 8 pm
Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation
2315 Division St NW
Olympia WA 98502

Amy Troyer-Karas