Tribal rights expert to speak on Whatcom water issues

An expert on American Indian treaty rights will make two free public appearances on Thursday, Oct. 30, to discuss the role tribes play in protecting salmon habitat.

Charles Wilkinson will speak on “Stewards of the Land: The Critical Role of Modern Tribal Environmental Management in America,” at 4 p.m. in Communications Facility 120, Western Washington University. The talk is part of the Huxley College of the Environment speaker series.

Wilkinson, a University of Colorado professor, also will speak at 7 p.m. at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St.

“This talk has important bearing on the range of water issues currently facing Whatcom County,” said Bert Webber, a founding faculty member at Huxley College. “Perhaps our greatest challenge is resolving the unrealized treaty rights of the Lummi Nation and the Nooksack Tribe regarding water and salmon.”

“Wilkinson ... has spent considerable time in Whatcom County and is well versed in our water issues,” Webber said.

For more information on the Huxley lecture, call 360-650-2554.