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“I know that gutting the Endangered Species Act sounds like plan from a cartoon villain, not the work of the president of the United States,” Healey said during a call with reporters. “But unfortunately that’s what we’re dealing with today.” The goal of the overhaul is clear: to “undercut the science” and reduce the number of listed species, according to David Hayes, the executive director of New York University’s State Energy and Environmental Impact Center and former deputy secretary at the Interior Department under President Barack Obama. The only reason to consider economic impacts when making ESA decisions is to “poison the well and obtain a sort of public reaction to the listing,” he said. Read more here.
Please take a few minutes of your time and write letters to the editor of the Seattle Times and your community newspapers. Let them know that you are a UU standing up for the 7th Principle and the qwe lhol mechen and behind the Tribes and Nations of the Salish Sea! August 7, 2019, By Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times Three more southern resident orcas are reported missing and presumed dead, according to the Center for Whale Research. Ken Balcomb, founding director of the center, said the missing whales are J17, K25 and L84. In his annual population survey, Balcomb reported the population of endangered southern residents is now 73.
Due to the scarcity of suitable chinook-salmon prey, the southern residents also rarely visit the core waters of their designated critical habitat: Puget Sound, Georgia Strait and the inland reach of the Strait of Juan de Fuca,It has been more than a month since the whales have been seen in their summer waters, and L pod has not been in the inland waters of the Salish Sea this summer.
J17 is a 42-year-old J pod matriarch and mother of Tahlequah (J35), who carried her dead calf for an unprecedented 17 days last year. She was reportedly not in good body condition last winter, perhaps from stress. She is survived by two daughters, J35 and J53, and son J44.
Her death puts her family at risk because older female whales help feed their families. Sons in particular, at any age, are eight times more likely to die within a year if they lose their mothers.
Also missing is 28-year-old K25, an adult male who was not in good body condition last winter. He is survived by two sisters, K20 and K27, and a brother, K34.
A 29-year-old male, L84, has been missing all summer. L pod has not come into the Salish Sea yet this summer. L84 was the last surviving member of a matriline of 11 whales.The population of southern residents is now the lowest it has been since the live-capture era ended in the 1970s. The whales are declining because of lack of adequate food, particularly chinook salmon; disturbance and noise by boats; and toxins in their environment. Additional information here.
Blaine Marine Park, Blaine, WA. Please save the date and include this as the concluding event for the other events being planned for Climate Action Week and the Season of Creation at the end of September. "BOATS . . . " is a gathering, led by the Tribes/Nations of the Pacific Northwest, to call attention to the imperative to restore and protect the Salish Sea. More details to come.
Press conference at an inter-tribal gathering announcing the intention to sue Seaquarium and its parent companies to secure the repatriation of Tokitae. More Info: Kurt Russo 360 312 2292 Lummi Nation and www.sacredsea.org Until Lolita is Home is a grassroots movement that advocates for the retirement of Lolita the orca from the Miami Seaquarium. By raising awareness about Lolita (and ALL cetaceans in captivity) we hope one day Tokitae (her original name) will see her home waters again. We are an all- volunteer group with “members” located around the world. Starting in May 2015, Until Lolita is Home (formerly Shut Down Palace) hosted rallies at dozens of locations in the United States and abroad, including the Miami Seaquarium and numerous other Palace Entertainment-owned sites. Join the Until Lolita is Home Movement www.facebook.com/UntilLolitaisHome www.RetireLolita.com http://josweb.co.uk/ UntilLolitaisHome@gmail.com www.instagram.com/untillolitaishome https://twitter.com/UntilLolitaHome
The day will also include a waterside ceremony, a program including Howard Garrett and Susan Berta of Orca Network, and news from the Lummi Nation on new actions being taken for Tokitae. 49 years ago over 100 Southern Resident orcas were herded into Penn Cove off Whidbey Island, WA. Seven of the young whales were netted and delivered to marine parks around the world. All but one had died by 1987. Originally named Tokitae, they now call her Lolita. In memory of the nearly 40 Southern Resident orcas captured in Washington State, and the 13 orcas killed during the captures, and in honor of Tokitae, the sole survivor, Orca Network is sponsoring a series of events on Tuesday August 8th to commemorate the 49th anniversary of the 1970 Penn Cove Orca Capture. Please join us as we commemorate the capture of Southern Resident orcas in Penn Cove and honor Tokitae/Lolita - the only survivor of those captures. On Wednesday August 8th From 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm, we will be at the Coupeville Wharf with educational displays and information about Tokitae and the orca captures. From 3:00 to 5:00 the Suva and Cutty Sark will provide ceremonial boat trips into Penn Cove. We'll travel to the capture sites in Penn Cove for a wreath ceremony to remember the orcas killed in the captures, and those who have died in captivity. If you have your own boat or kayak you are welcome to join us in Penn Cove for a procession to the capture site. We'll provide flowers and cedar sprigs to toss into the water, or you may bring your own flower or other eco-friendly offering to toss in the water during the ceremony. Tickets for the boat trip are $75 and registration is available via the Registration button below. At 5:30 pm we will hold a program and waterside ceremony at the Coupeville Wharf including Howard Garrett and Susan Berta of Orca Network, and news from the Lummi Nation on new actions being taken for Tokitae. At 6:00 pm we will honor Toki’s Southern Resident family with a vigil of remembrance for their recent losses and of hope for their recovery. Please join us at the Coupeville Wharf, or at a beach near you, and observe a moment of silence for the Southern Residents and for Tokitae. After the Coupeville Wharf event, we invite those interested to a no-host gathering at the Captain Whidbey Inn lounge/deck. Register here.
annual Tribal Canoe Journey, tribes and nations from throughout the Pacific Northwest join up with one another on the way toward Lummi, starting from different points but picking up new canoes along the way. Read more here.Brian Contreras, “The canoes are coming!” a young girl cried from the crowd of onlookers. “They’re right there!” The 20-odd canoes approached Alki Beach just before noon Thursday as part of the “Paddle to Lummi” — or Sqweshenet Tse Schelangen (“honoring our way of life”) — a journey through the Salish Sea toward the Lummi Nation, this year’s host. During the
By Keith Thorpe, Peninsula Daily News, July 17, 2019 The 2019 Canoe Journey Paddle to Lummi saw canoes arrive at Jamestown Beach on Tuesday, territory of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. Canoes from Western Washington, Hawaii and Canada’s Vancouver Island took part in Tuesday’s landing. Read more here and see the rest of the photo gallery (some very excellent photos, indeed!)
United Indians’ Seafair Indian Days Powwow is held annually on the third weekend in July, in conjunction with Seattle Seafair, at our Powwow Grounds adjacent to the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. This year, we will honor our Two-Spirit family and friends through our theme, Love is Sacred. The Powwow will be held at Daybreak Star Cultural Center, directions to which can be found here.
ScheduleFriday: 4pm-10pm (7pm Grand Entry) Saturday: 10am-10pm (12pm & 7pm Grand Entry, 11am and 6pm Coastal Grand Entry) Sunday: 10am-8pm (12pm Grand Entry)
Two southern resident killer whales last seen in deteriorating health are now missing from their family groups. Researchers with the Centre for Whale Research spotted J pod and K pod in Haro Strait over the weekend, but two orcas, J17 and K25, weren't with their families. The centre hasn't declared the whales dead, but biologist Michael Weiss said "it's not looking good." "These were two whales we were already really worried about. They were looking pretty emaciated, so to have them be the two that we can't seem to find in these groups is pretty alarming," Weiss said Tuesday. Read more here.
A disruption of the food chain is currently occurring in the Pacific Northwest as sea level rise, pollution and ocean acidification are causing an alarming decrease in the salmon and orca populations. Climate change is not only affecting the Salish waters, but also threatening tribal ancestral lands as wildfires have unfortunately become a statewide yearly occurrence, and the recent increase of outdoor recreationalist are interfering with tribal spiritual and hunting practices. Read more here.
Indian Country Today by Mark Trahant The Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security reviewed five Border Patrol facilities and two ports of entry in Texas and “observed serious overcrowding and prolonged detention of unaccompanied alien children, families, and single adults that require immediate attention.” The report warned of potential riot conditions because of the treatment of those seeking asylum in the United States. Read more here.
Indian Country Today by Richard Walker Tribal nations in Washington state are facing environmental challenges ranging from protecting wildlife habitats and waterways to protecting the livelihood of Washington state residents from toxic chemicals that have been released into the environment and water for decades. Here are seven eco-disasters affecting Washington tribes as well as efforts to improve the waters on which all inhabitants depend. Everything interrelates: The Salish Sea Campaign Due to a consistent decline in the number of orcas that inhabit the Salish Sea, the Lummi Nation launched the Salish Sea Campaign on June 15 at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, calling for communities of the Salish Sea to stand together to protect the Southern resident orcas from extinction. Read more here.
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Crosscut Gregory Scruggs / June 27, 2019 Environmentalists and indigenous groups, meanwhile, would like to see more water flow through the Columbia to support healthier fish stocks, a goal that might be achieved if so-called “ecosystem-based function” is added as a pillar of the modernized treaty. That regional concern has received minimal attention in the talks thus far, but that may have changed last week when the U.S. State Department hosted a Canadian diplomatic delegation in Washington, D.C., for the seventh round of talks. Unlike in the previous six rounds of talks, representatives of the Ktunaxa, Syilx/Okanagan and Secwepemc Nations, the three First Nations living in the upper Columbia basin, joined the Canadian side of the table — a domain previously dominated by diplomats from Ottawa and the British Columbia provincial government. . . . The Canadian decision renewed hope for U.S. tribes that their multiyear demand for a seat at the negotiating table would be met. Thus far, there are no signs that will happen. Read more here.
The Puyallup Tribe received some good news on Wednesday when Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced he no longer supports the construction of a liquified natural gas plant (LNG plant) on the Puyallup River Tideflats in Tacoma. The plant, which the tribe has opposed since 2015, would produce up to a half million gallons of highly volatile liquefied natural gas per day and would store up to 8 million gallons of it in a huge tank located at the facility. Gov. Inslee, a Democrat who announced in March he is running for president on a climate change platform, previously supported the construction of the plant. But he changed his mind and announced his reversal on the same day he signed a bill banning the use of hydraulic fracking in Washington state. Read more here.
Thursday, June 27, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth Street
This will be the only community volunteer orientation before the Landing.On July 24, 2019 Canoe Families from Washington, Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia will land at Lummi Nation. Four days of songs, dances and stories from each tribal nation take place until July 28. The journey honors the rich traditions of Coast Salish tribes of the Northwest who travel the waters to meet and gather for ceremony, and celebration. Canoe Journey holds special significance for Coast Salish peoples as it honors and nourishes the unique relationships and connections with the land, water and one another. Come to learn many of the details about this amazing gathering of Coast Salish tribes of the Pacific NW, and Indigenous Peoples who are arriving as Guests of Lummi Nation. You will learn about:
- The history of Tribal Journey
- Ways to support the event through your contributions and volunteer efforts
- What is involved in hosting 10,000 people a day and serving over 11,000 meals a day
- What to expect about noon landing of tribal canoes, June 24, and start of cultural protocol after dinner that night
- What cultural protocols are followed by host nation and the visiting Tribal Nations?
- Where to park and get from one venue to another