Questions negotiations over coal terminal


On several occasions, Lummi members have coordinated or participated in events publicly announcing their opposition to the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal including rallies in Seattle, a check-burning demonstration at Cherry Point itself, commenting during the environmental impact statement process, in news articles, presentations to the public including the presentations at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship and in Seattle and the "What About Those Promises" theatrical production and more recently, a straightforward letter to the United States Army Corp of Engineers that stated Lummi Nation as having an "unconditional and unequivocal opposition to the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal."

Even as we speak, Lummi House of Tears carvers are on a totem pole journey that will begin in Northern Cheyenne, follow the proposed coal train route from the Powder River Basin to Cherry Point. They will be bringing with them a Healing Totem Pole, a symbol of hope, healing and protection, to those communities that will be adversely affected by the Gateway Pacific Terminal. It will stop at Lummi Nation and again at Cherry Point itself, as I believe the most imminent threat to this sacred landscape and to treaty rights is the Gateway Pacific Terminal. It will then find its way to a new home in British Columbia, to stand against tar sands.

It sounds to me like the "negotiations" that are taking place are between the Army Corps of Engineers and SSA Marine. What does that say?

Deborah J. Cruz


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