Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Featured

My people don’t need to be saved, we want to be respected! by Rachel Heaton

My people don’t need to be saved, we want to be respected! by Rachel Heaton

I’ve always thought from the get go when outsiders/non-natives are coming into our community’s… there should be a protocol in place… like an orientation, or even bigger than that. I believe that if one is going to work or volunteer in American Indian communities, then 1. You must have the heart for it, not everyone from the outside can handle Indian Country. My people have suffered hundreds of years of trauma and still live the effects of it in our communities. So if you aren’t coming to our lands with a genuine heart and the want to really understand our people, then you aren’t ready to help us. 2. If you have never lived among us, been around us, learned our ways or even aware of them… then as outsiders you must learn or have value in it enough to respect it. Respect who we are and understand that we want the help, we want the support. But we do not need outsiders to come in and try to...

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Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Featured

Court Sides with Quinault Nation: Call for Further Review of Proposed Oil Terminals

Court Sides with Quinault Nation: Call for Further Review of Proposed Oil Terminals

This morning the state Supreme Court unanimously sided with the Quinault Indian Nation and forced further review of two proposed expanded oil terminals in Grays Harbor. The question was whether the expanded terminals on the harbor would be covered under the Ocean Resources Management Act (ORMA). You can read the entire ruling here. Quinault has been battling oil transportation through Grays Harbor for years: “Tribal and commercial fisheries, tourism and the best razor clams anywhere are among the many ways Grays Harbor, our rivers and coastline set the table for local food, jobs and our economy. There’s nothing more important to our future prosperity and way of life than keeping our waterways healthy, productive, and safe from crude oil,” said Tyson Johnston, Quinault Vice-President. The expansions are not small. Here is how the court describes one: Westway plans to expand its existing facility by constructing four aboveground storage tanks for storing crude oil. Each tank will have a capacity of 8.4 million gallons, meaning the entire Westway project will...

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Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Featured

Coalition Against Coal Terminals Celebrate Major Victories

Coalition Against Coal Terminals Celebrate Major Victories

Last week, a coalition of Tribes, environmentalist, and climate justice activist celebrated two major victories over Big Coal in Washington State. Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands, Peter Goldmark, announced two major blows to the coal industry. First, Commissioner Goldmark rejected a request from Northwest Alloys to sublease the state’s aquatic lands to Millennium Bulk Terminals for a proposed coal export terminal project. If built, the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminal would have become the largest coal export terminal in North America. The terminal would have been built in Longview, WA along the Columbia River. The project was opposed by regional Tribe’s due to the coal trains and proposed terminals impact on traditional lands and waterways. Secondly, the Commissioner, at the request of the Lummi Nation, expanded an aquatic reserve to now include Cherry Point, which will further protect lands that Big Coal previously sought to build a coal export terminal. The expanded aquatic reserve will provide more permanent protections to Cherry Point. Last year, the same coalition of Tribes...

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Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Featured

Mass DefundDAPL Action held to get Seattle to Divest from Wells Fargo

Mass DefundDAPL Action held to get Seattle to Divest from Wells Fargo

“We’re taking it to where it hurts–that money!” ~Matt Remle (Lakota) On January 5th, a mass action and rally was held at the Wells Fargo Center in Seattle, WA to protest the banks finical banking of the Dakota Access pipeline. The action included organizing numerous Wells Fargo account holders to close their accounts and demand to talk to the branch manager to tell them why they were closing their accounts. One long time Wells Fargo member closed her million dollar account. As people closed their accounts drummers occupied the lobby leading Wells Fargo to shut down and the Seattle Police to lock down the entire Wells Fargo Center. The action continued as hundreds rallied outside featuring speakers, singers and a march. Speakers included Matt Remle, Gyasi Ross, Chad Charlie, Rose Stiffarm, Myron Dewey, Alec Connon, Rachel Heaton, Roxanne White and Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant. Council member Sawant and Matt Remle spoke about a proposed ordinance they worked on that, if passed, would divest the City of Seattle...

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Posted by on Dec 24, 2016 in Featured

Native Prisoners Rights Advocacy Group Opposes New Youth Detention Facility

Native Prisoners Rights Advocacy Group Opposes New Youth Detention Facility

On December 22nd, the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) approved a permit for the construction of a new $210 million youth detention center. The controversial new King County’s Children and Family Justice Center, which would increase the capacity to detain youth, has drawn fierce opposition from the area’s communities of color and from regional Tribal leaders, including the Native American prisoner rights advocacy group, Huy. In a letter to the Seattle City Council Huy, which is chaired by Gabe Galanda, highlighted the disproportionate rates in which Native youth are incarcerated. “Native youth are the most vulnerable group of children in the United States. Over a quarter of Indian children live in poverty. Native youth graduate from high school at a rate 17 percent lower than the national average, and are more than twice as likely to die as their non-Native peers. Native youth suffer the highest juvenile suicide rate in the country, at more than double rate for the Caucasian youth suicide. Native youth experience...

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