I used to eat at the Shrimp Shack all the time in Bellingham. There was a picture on the wall there of canoes on the beach and I used to sit and wonder where the people used to live here: where the encampments were and the villages. I'd go outside and look around and all there was was streets and cars passing me and honking.
I would eat my fish and chips or halibut and chips and look at that picture.
These 100 years, there are some good things that have happened and some bad things. We should work together on the good things.
Lummis still fish in that bay. Others still fish in that bay. We have to step forward and offer our values or else there isn't going to be anything left to fish.
I'm not going to point fingers because we are all here now. I'm concerned about your kids and my kids not having clean water for the clams and oysters to grow. I'm concerned about not having clean air. If we aren't going to take care of things, then our children will be hearing stories about fish and clams and they will only be stories.
One thing we can't forget is that our people were there to help them get started in many, many ways. They wanted lumber and a port where they could get things to San Francisco.
That was our homeland. And there were years we went there and couldn't get jobs. There were the fishing wars.
I'd like to extend a hand. That's what I want on this 100th birthday. It's our birthday, too.