Lummi Nation's climate justice efforts were featured at GA 2015
Lummi activist Jewell Praying Wolf James addresses the 2015 General Assembly. (© 2015 Nancy Pierce)
The Lummi Nation and other First Nations are elated after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on May 9 denied a permit for a proposed coal shipping terminal in the Lummi Nation’s historical territory in Washington State, ruling that the potential impacts to the Lummi’s usual and accustomed fishing rights could not be mitigated. The Lummi Nation, supported by faith groups including Unitarian Universalists, have been fighting the coal terminal, asserting their treaty rights to the land and waters. Members of the Lummi Nation, advocating for climate justice, were featured in the public witness event at General Assembly 2015. Read more at Indian Country Today: ‘Historic Victory for Treaty Rights’: Northwest Tribes Rejoice as Army Corps Rejects Coal Terminal.
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Elaine McArdle is a UU World senior editor and a member of First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon. An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she has also written for the Boston Globe, Harvard Law Bulletin, and others.
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