Dear Friends of Faith,
The Lummi Tribe of Northwest Washington has reached out to the faith community in the Seattle area, asking for our engagement and support in honoring their treaty rights and preserving the final resting place of their ancestors at Xwe’che’eXen, known as Cherry Point.
You are invited to a gathering to learn from Lummi leaders about this place and to hear their request that we stand with them in protecting it.
Sacred Lands, Sacred Waters
Wednesday, September 4 at 7pm
Piggott Auditorium, Seattle University
1016 East Marion Street, Seattle
RSVP: (206) 632-2426 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As you know, the largest coal export terminal on the West Coast has been proposed to be built at Cherry Point, a deep water bay north of Bellingham and south of Canadian border. Faith and environmental leaders have been active in opposing this project because it will poison our air, water, and communities, and irrevocably warm earth’s climate.
Our Lummi neighbors are asking members of the faith community to stand with them in protection of Xwe’che’eXen because of its spiritual meaning to the Lummi people. This area was home to over 20,000 of Lummi ancestors for 175 generations and is their final resting place.
In a 1987 and again in 1997, in a Public Declaration (“Apology”) to the Native peoples of the Northwest, leaders of Catholic, Lutheran, United Church of Christ, Episcopal, Baptist, Christian, Presbyterian and Methodist denominations pledged to stand with our Native neighbors in protection of their sacred sites. The Lummi have asked the Northwest faith community to remember these promises today, in protecting Xwe’che’eXen – Cherry Point— from the desolation of the Gateway Pacific coal export terminal.
This event comes one week ahead of the commencement of the Lummi “Totem Pole Journey.” Carved by Lummi Indian Master Carver Jewell James, the Kwel hoy’ ("We Draw the Line") totem pole will travel 1500 miles through the west as it follows the route of the coal trains from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming to Xwe’chi’eXen. Mr. James will share his story of the creation of the totem pole and its intended journey at the September 4 event.
Please join Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light and the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry Interfaith Program to hear from Lummi leaders as they ask people of faith to stand in protection of their sacred lands and sacred waters. An RSVP is requested but not required.
Program and Outreach Director
- Please look in the documents column on the left-hand side of the Outreach page to see a copy of the letter of apology from Christian leaders to the tribes of the Northwest.
- To learn more about the Treaty Protection program of the Lummi Tribe
click here: www.treatyprotection.org
- To contact Senator Maria Cantwell’s staff in support of Lummi treaty fishing
rights use this email address: Sally_Hintz@Cantwell.Senate.gov