Outdated and Unconscionable

The January 26, 2016 letter from the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Chairman and National Congress of American Indians President, Brian Cladoosby, summarizes for the Whatcom County Council the treaty rights of four Northwest Indian tribes at their Usual and Accustomed Areas — reserved under the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliot — as well as cites the relevance of both the U.S. Constitution and new science that argue for an end to industrial development at Cherry Point.

The combined threats to Lummi Nation’s cultural heritage, as well as to endangered species like Orca whale and Chinook salmon, says Cladoosby, are exacerbated by recent plans to export fossil fuels like coal and oil from Cherry Point, adding that the thirty-year-old industrial vision is both outdated and unconscionable.


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