I hope that people still undecided about the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point were among the full house audience for the June 1 theater production of "What About Those Promises?" at Bellingham High School. Through wonderful and accessible theater, the play offered a short course on the long history that has separated the Lummi people from their traditional lands.
Those original lands included the area of Cherry Point, which was taken from the Lummi in the many years following the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliot. While possession of the area has been contested since the 1870s, the Lummi Nation's reverent and passionate connection with these historical lands continues. Existing industrial development has already degraded their heritage around Cherry Point; this must not be continued with a huge coal terminal. Enough is enough!
It is no surprise that the Lummi Nation opposes the terminal, with the support of many other tribes. We should respect tribal members' rights to historical sites. It's our responsibility to join them in standing up prevent this project. I thank all of those involved in the theater production for telling their story so well.