Association of Northwest Steelheaders ● Boulder-White Clouds Council ● Center for Environmental Law and Policy ● Columbia Riverkeeper ● Deschutes River Alliance ● Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light ● Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs ● Faith Action Network ● Great Old Broads … [Read more...]
Why Remove The 4 Lower Snake River Dams?
The Northwest would not be what it is today without hydroelectricity from the region’s dams. Yet one simple fact remains: not all dams are created equal. Below is a list of commonly asked questions about Columbia and Snake River salmon and the four lower Snake River dams with answers from regional … [Read more...]
Sound the Alarm!
Watch this video of a recent massive mobilization call to alert allies and friends from coast to coast that Wet’suwet’en people need their help to Stop The Drilling under their sacred headwaters, Wedzin Kwa. Attendees will hear from Sleydo’, Chief Na’Moks, and Chief Woos about what’s happening right … [Read more...]
The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe calls on Seattle to remove the Gorge Dam
This article is one of a pair of stories about the Skagit River and the federal process to relicense three major hydroelectric dams along its length. Read the companion story here. As he explored his ancestral homeland, Schuyler visited the upper Skagit River Valley, where he encountered the … [Read more...]
2nd Call for Support: Bring Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut Home!
Netse Mot: Support Lummi Nation and Xw’ullemy (the Salish Sea) 2nd Call for Support: Bring Sk'aliCh'elh-tenaut Home! JUUstice Washington has signed . . . Board of Trustees of the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship has signed . . . Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship’s Social and Environmental … [Read more...]
Red Road to DC Totem Pole Journey
Below is the the bare bones schedule of stops so far on the Red Road to DC Totem Pole Journey. For details right now, you have to go the the “Our Shared Responsibility” Facebook page and look up events. The schedule is changing minute by minute so please follow on Facebook! Please pass this … [Read more...]
Netse Mot: Bringing Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut Home!
Netse Mot 2021-Call to bring Sk'aliCh'elh-tenaut Home 2021 will focus on the return of Sk'aliCh'elh-tenaut (Tokitae/Lolita) to the Pacific Northwest from Miami Seaquarim in Florida. In the 1970s Southern Resident Orca youth were forcibly and violently taken from their pods and shipped out to … [Read more...]
Planned Roberts Bank Terminal Threatens Orcas
Washington state has made significant commitments to and investments in the protection and recovery of these killer whales, their critical Salish Sea habitat, and their food web, which hinges on the availability of Chinook salmon. The terminal will threaten the progress made to date on … [Read more...]
Roberts Bank Container Terminal Threatens Orcas
As currently planned, Roberts Bank Terminal 2 (RBT2) would be built in the sub-tidal waters of the Fraser River delta adjacent to the Westshore coal terminal, on 437 acres of critical habitat for salmon and migratory birds. Once in existence, it would significantly increase the Port’s capacity for … [Read more...]
Report: Salmon in WA are ‘teetering on the brink of extinction’
Washington’s salmon are “teetering on the brink of extinction,” according to a new report. It says the state must change how it’s responding to climate change and the growing number of people in Washington. Washington’s State of Salmon in Watersheds report says time is running out for the … [Read more...]
Bring Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut Home!
Special Alert! A request on behalf of Deb Cruz, JUUstice Washington's President It's long been since time . . . Bring Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut Home! A sacred request from Squil-le-he-le (Raynell Morris) and Tah-Mahs (Ellie Kinley) "Our Lhaq'temish [Lummi] people have had a special relationship … [Read more...]
Seaquarim’s Shame: Episode 2 – Talequah
A mother orca grieves the death of her only minutes old baby in the Salish Sea in the summer of 2018. The world media becomes fixated. 4 years later she has a new baby boy, Phoenix. A landlocked girl from Ohio won’t let her dreams of the sea go unrealized. Be there as has her first encounter with an … [Read more...]
Seaquarim’s Shame: Episode 1 – Tokitae
Something is wrong at Miami Seaquarium.. They have been keeping an orca who doesn’t belong to them for over 50 years. A produce salesman turned vegan activist fights for over a decade on the street corner in front of Miami Seaquarium, turning away thousands of cars. A new legal fight launches in … [Read more...]
Podcast | Past the dams, tribes help the Columbia River roll on
Few rivers define a region like the Columbia, where tribal scientists are making headway in bringing back its most important species: salmon. Few rivers define a region like the Columbia. Since time immemorial, it’s been a food source, a dividing line and a driver of culture and politics … [Read more...]
Billy Frank Jr. could replace Washington’s statue of Marcus Whitman
Efforts to take down the missionary’s statue have resurfaced this year with a proposal to replace it with the renowned Nisqually activist. On-and-off efforts to memorialize the Nisqually activist have bubbled up in recent years, with some tribes and school districts celebrating Billy Frank Jr. … [Read more...]
As lawsuits mount, government looks into removing Electron Dam
Just last week, the Puyallup Tribe announced it was suing the owner of the dam, Electron Hydro, LLC, over a long list of environmental hazards and permit violations — including a fish kill that caused the death of thousands of fish and the pollution of the river with un-permitted artificial turf, … [Read more...]
For tribes, climate change fight is about saving culture
The Tulalips are expanding efforts to protect land and water that are integral to their identity. When Terry Williams grew interested in climate change in the 1970s, he found information about human-caused global warming to be conflicting and confusing. “It didn’t make sense until the early … [Read more...]
Salmon spawn in the upper Columbia after an 80-year hiatus
Bringing salmon back to the Upper Columbia has been a goal since the habitat was blocked by the Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams more than eight decades ago. Tribal members held the Ceremony of Tears 80 years ago when the final run of salmon returned. “Our ancestors carried a prayer that our … [Read more...]
US Army Corps of Engineers rejects Pebble Mine permit application, likely killing project
On Wednesday, 25 November, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied the permit application for the proposed Pebble Mine, an open-pit copper, gold, and molybdenum extraction project proposed for the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska – North America's most prolific salmon habitat. The Corps … [Read more...]
Yakama Nation case could set precedent for sacred tribal sites in WA
Wanapine village, which sits on a ridge in Selah, a small town bordering Yakima to the north, has been mired in the court system for years. The Yakama Nation has been battling Yakima County and Granite Northwest, which seeks to expand its gravel mine from 26 acres to more than 160. Yakima … [Read more...]
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