I stand with Lummi Nation in opposition to the Gateway Pacific Terminal. I am repeating myself, I know. When I contemplated writing this letter I felt driven to write, I had the hardest time. What can I say that is new? What can I say that won’t be going over what I and so many others have said before?
But I know that it’s not so much about saying something new. Or even different words. It’s, at times, a painfully exhausting thought to have to repeat the message again and not have it understood. Saying these lands and waters are sacred. They are ours. They must be protected. We have to have water. We have to have food. We have to have spirit, education, and a way of life that tells us how to access and value these.
On Jan. 5, 2015, Lummi Nation said this once again to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They used some new words, asked for specific actions, yet the message is the same. As I am waiting to hear whether the Army Corps responds by honoring Lummi Nation’s treaty rights, I ask the question indigenous people have been repeating for so many decades: What about those promises?
So I realize that the message does repeat, it becomes a chant, a drum beat, a heart beat. I stand with Lummi Nation in opposition to the Gateway Pacific Terminal. Sacred waters and lands that are ours must be protected: no water, no food equals no life.