Welcome to the Lummi Nation

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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.


Up & Coming Meetings/Events

Much more on Events Page......

LIBC MAP/Dept. Locations

Maps of LIBC Buildings/Locations:
(Courtesy of the GIS Dept.):
Admin Building
All Community Buildings


LIBC Employee Email:

Transportation Links:
- Lummi Transit
- Ferry Schedule
- WTA Bus Schedule

Emergency Hotlines:
Please call the following number for current Lummi Nation and Lummi Nation School emergency information.
LIBC & LNS: 360-380-6998


Other Connections

Lummi Stommish Water Festival 2017:

Date: June 16-18, 2017 - More information to come






Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Announcement

Constitution and By-Laws of the Lummi Tribe

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.

Lummi Self-Determination
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.

Recent News:

New Proposed Title 5C Harrassment Prevention Code

Title 30 Revenue Code

Title 42A Trust Lands Leasing Code

Intake Form Unmet Needs Distribution

Authorization to Release Fund



April 23, 2017
Day of Prayer
To include Community Breakfast 9am to 11am; and Childrens Activities 9am to noon; Song & Dance & Potluck 3pm to 8pm; A Day for Honoring Our Children.

April 26, 2017
Public Hearing, Re: Title 5C, Title 30, Title 42A
5pm, Council Chambers

April 26 & 27, 2017
LVOC Sexual Assault & Child Abuse Conference
8:30am to 4:30pm, Silver Reef Casino Theatre

April 28 - 30, 2017
Lummi Youth Basketball Tournament

May 1, 2017
May Day

May 2, 2017
LIBC Regular Council Meeting
9am, Council Chambers

May 3, 2017
Law and Justice Meeting
5pm, CBC Room

May 4, 2017
New Tribal Health Facility Community Meeting, Seeking Community Input
5pm, ROC Building

May 5, 2017
Teen Night
4pm to 7pm, Old Gym

May 5, 2017
LNS Career Fair
10am to Noon at LNS

May 5 - 7, 2017
Lindsey Janae Memorial Last Name Tournament

May 14, 2017
Mother's Day

May 17, 2017
Warrant Quash - Court waives all fees, No Community Service
9am to 2pm, Lummi Tribal Court

May 18, 2017
Salmon Ceremony
At Lummi Nation School

May 29, 2017
Memorial Day
LIBC and Lummi Clinic will be CLOSED in Observance of the Holiday

May 31, 2017
Reconvened General Council Meeting
5pm at the Wexliem - Agenda to include: Construction Company, Staff Cultural Orientation, Education Code, and Healthcare. Tentative additions - Food Sovereignty, Drug Prevention/Youth/Teen Center Review, and Youth Safety.

June 13, 2017
Kwina Mile

June 16, 2017
NWIC Graduation
Graduation Ceremony at the Wexliem.

June 16-18, 2017
Lummi Nation Stommish Water Festival

June 18, 2017
Father's Day

June 20, 2017
LNS Graduation

June 23, 2017
Last Day of School for LNS

July 4, 2017
Independence Day
LIBC and Lummi Clinic will be CLOSED in Observance of the Holiday

September 4, 2017
Labor Day
LIBC and Lummi Clinic will be CLOSED in Observance of the Holiday

September 10, 2017
Grandparent's Day

October 21, 2017 - 8am to 8pm
Primary Elections
@LIBC Admin Building Lobby

November 4, 2017 - 8am to 8pm
General Elections
@LIBC Admin Building Lobby

November 5, 2017
Daylight Savings Time - Turn your clocks ahead

November 10, 2017
Veterans Day
LIBC and Lummi Health Clinic will be CLOSED in Observance of the Holiday.

November 23 & 24, 2017
LIBC and Lummi Health Clinic will be CLOSED in Observance of the Holiday.

December 25 & 26, 2017
LIBC and Lummi Health Clinic will be CLOSED in Observance of the Holiday.


Fastlane Grant Information

Fastlane Grant

Fastlane Grant Application

Engineer's Construction Estimate

2038 Interchange Animation

Referenced Documents

City of Ferndale Main Street Master Plan

WSDOT Fairhaven to Slater Interstate 5 Master Plan

Other Planning Documents

Slater Road Interstate Justification Report

Bellingham International Airport Master Plan

Whatcom County Economic Development Strategy

Whatcom County Transportation Plan

City of Ferndale Transportation Plan

City of Bellingham Comprehensive Plan

Letters of Support

City of Bellingham Support Letter

City of Ferndale Support Letter

Congressman DelBene Letter of Support

FHWA Support Letter

Phillips 66 Support Letter

Senator Cantwell Support Letter

Senator Murray Letter of Support

WCOG Support Letter

Whatcom County Letter of Support

WSDOT Support Letter


2016 Community Contribution Applications Available now:

2016 Lummi Nation Community Contribution Application


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.

Press Release for January 5, 2015

Resolution 2014-154

Letter addressed to the US Army Corps of Engineers - - -

2665 KWINA ROAD BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON 98226 (360) 312-2000

Col. John G. Buck
Seattle District Commander
Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
P.O. Box 3755
Seattle, WA 98124-3755

January 5,2015

SUBJECT: Lummi Nation Request for Denial of Permit for the Proposed Gateway Pacific
Terminal Bulk Dry Goods Shipping Facility (Ref. No. NWS-2008-260).

Colonel Buck:

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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