Image with caption: "Standing from right to left: National Chief Shawn-A-in-chut Atleo, Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, and Deborah Parker, Vice Chair Woman of the Tulalip Tribes. Sitting in front right to left: Chief Maureen Thomas of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Jewell James of the Lummi Tribe
(CNW Group/Tsleil-Waututh Nation)".
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Monday - November 5, 2012
A meeting was held at the STPO office to discuss fishing rights. This meeting was well attended with 22 individuals – including LIBC council members, fish commission members, Lummi community fishers, and the STPO Staff.
Fueling the Tiger (article)
The US Coal Industry Wants to Boost Exports to Asia – Native American Tribes Stand in the Way
- By Kari Lydersen
The gray waters of the Puget Sound are rough and scattered with white caps on this cold and wet October morning. The air is pungent with the low-tide smells of seaweed....
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To protect the sovereignty of the Lummi Nation through comprehensive and coordinated strategic preparedness and rapid response capabilities.
Relevant and Appropriate Issues for the STPO
- Treaties at Risk
- Cherry Point Political Strategy for "No" Position
- Gaming Protection
- Sovereignty and Treaty Rights Institute
There are currently plans to develop the largest coal export facility in North America at Cherry Point, in northwest Washington State. The Gateway Pacific Terminal, a project of Pacific International Terminals,would be owned by SSA Marine, which is owned by Carrix, partnered with Goldman Sachs. Coal mined from the Powder River Basin by Peabody Energy would be hauled by trains along the BNSF rail lines. The coal train corridor extends from mines in Montana and Wyoming through Sandpoint, Idaho to Spokane, down through the Columbia River Gorge, then up along the Puget Sound coast, passing through Longview, Tacoma, Seattle, Edmonds, Everett, MT. Vernon, Bellingham, Ferndale and all points in between.
Costs to local economies, public health, and rail corridor communities are concerning to many. There is evidence to support that local jobs and businesses, property values, human health and quality of life would be adversely impacted by the coal trains. Increased marine traffic and the coal terminal would effect fisheries, marine ecosystems, and air quality. Further, substantial taxpayer investment may be required to support infrastructure required by the project and to mitigate some of the potential negative effects. There are questions as to whether damages to local businesses, regional identity, communities and fisheries could ever be adequately mitigated. The global impacts of coal export and coal combustion are significant, particularly when the future is considered.