Welcome to the Lummi Nation
We are the Lhaq'temish, The Lummi People. We are the original inhabitants of Washington's northernmost coast and southern British Columbia. For thousands of years, we worked, struggled and celebrated life on the shores and waters of Puget Sound.
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Date: June 10 - 14, 2015
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Today the Lummi Nation is a nationally recognized leader in tribal self-governance and education. We understand the challenge of respecting our traditions while making progress in a modern world - to listen to the wisdom of our ancestors, to care for our lands and waterways, to educate our children, to provide family services and to strengthen our ties with the outside community.
A Sovereign People
We are a Self-Governing Nation within the United States, the third largest tribe in Washington State, serving over 5,000 members. We manage nearly 13,000 acres of tidelands on the Lummi Reservation.
For thousands of years, the Lummi were an independent and self-sufficient people. Our mission is to sustain that way of life. We continue to invest in our tribal economic development and training our people to use the most modern technologies available- while staying attentive to our tribal values.
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UPCOMING DATES & INFORMATION
Public Hearing re: Title 5C Harrassment Prevention Code- Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 5pm at the Council Chambers
Community Breakfast - July 26, 2015 9am to 11am at the Wexliem Building
Lummi Nation requests U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deny permit for proposed coal export facility at Cherry Point Tribe cites severe impact to treaty fishing rights.
Letter addressed to the US Army Corps of Engineers - - -
LUMMI INDIAN BUSINESS COUNCIL
2665 KWINA ROAD BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON 98226 (360) 312-2000
DEPARTMENT DIRECT NO.
Col. John G. Buck
Seattle District Commander
Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
P.O. Box 3755
Seattle, WA 98124-3755
SUBJECT: Lummi Nation Request for Denial of Permit for the Proposed Gateway Pacific
Terminal Bulk Dry Goods Shipping Facility (Ref. No. NWS-2008-260).
The Lummi Nation is opposed to the Gateway Pacific Terminal (Ref. No. NWS-2008-260) project proposed at Xwe’chi’eXen (Cherry Point). (See attached resolution). We are requesting
that the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) take immediate action and deny the permit application based, inter alia, on the project’s adverse impact on the treaty rights ofthe Lummi
Nation. The impacts on the Nation’s treaty rights associated with this project cannot be mitigated.
The waters and tidelands impacted by this project are an integral part of the usual and accustomed fishing places of the Lummi Nation. United States v Washington, 384 F. Supp. 312, 360-61 (W.D. Wash. 1974), aff’d, 520 F.2d 676 (91 Cir. 1975), cert. denied, 423 U.S. 1086 (1976); see also. United States v. Washington, 873 F.Supp., 1422 (W.D. Wash. 1994), aff’d in
relevant parr, 157 F.3d 630, 643-644, 646-47 (9111 Cir. 1998). As part of the permitting process for this project, the Corps is required to ensure that the Nation’s treaty rights are not abrogated or impinged upon. Northwest Sea Farnis i’. United States Army Corps ofEngineers, 931 F. Supp. 1515 (W.D. Wash. 1996).
Review of the impacts associated with this project, including, but not limited to, those analyzed in the Gateway PacWc Terminal Vessel Traffic and Risk Assessment Study lead to the
inescapable conclusion that the proposed project will directly result in the substantial impairment of the treaty rights of the Lummi Nation throughout the Nations’ “usual and accustomed” fishing areas. (See attached sections). The Lummi have harvested at this location since time immemonal and plan to continue into the future. The proposed project will impact this
significant treaty harvesting location and vill significantly limit the ability of tribal members to exercise their treaty rights. (See attached declarations).
Additionally, the Lummi Nation has a sacred obligation to protect Xwe’chi’eXen based on the
area’s cultural and spiritual significance. The Corps is obligated to comply with the mandates of the National Historic Preservation Act, specifically section 106, in evaluating the project’s potential impacts. This obligation is in addition to the Corps’ obligations that spring from our treaty rights. The Lummi Nation is opposed to this project due to the cultural and spiritual significance of Xwe’chi’eXen. and intends to use all means necessary to protect it.
In addition to the proposed project’s unacceptable and unavoidable impacts to the Nation’s access to this significant treaty harvesting location, and to the cultural integrity of the site, the proposed project location is within an especially rich and fertile marine environment that serves as important habitat for a number of forage fish, finfish, and shellfish (including several threatened and/or endangered species) that are inextricably linked to the Lummi Schelangen (“Way of Life”). Anticipated impacts to this significant aquatic environment include, but are not limited to, substantially increased ballast water discharges and associated risk of introducing invasive species, contaminant spills (product, bunker fuel oil, crude oil and refined products from adjacent facilities), noise, and vessel traffic. The impacts to these critical marine waters from coal alone may include: smothering, toxicity, substrate change, accumulation, and water quality degradation.
The devastating environmental impacts associated with this project, as well as the trust responsibility of federal agencies to ensure the protection of the treaty rights of the Lummi
Nation, mandate the denial of any and all permits under the Corp’s jurisdiction.
Tim Ballew I
Lummi Indian Business Council
cc: Senator Patty Murray
Senator Maria Cantwell
Representative Suzan DelBene
Representative Rick Larson
Representative Jamie Herrera Butler
Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Representative Derek Kilmer
Representative Jim McDermott
Representative David Reichert
Representative Adam Smith
Representative Denny Heck
Governor Jay Inslee
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