Tag: Coast Salish Nation

CWIS

Research and education on indigenous issues in the Salish Sea region is supported by the Center for World Indigenous Studies in Olympia, Washington–a non-profit established by leaders of the Assembly of First Nations and the National Congress of American Indians.  CWIS, an indigenous academic institution that has served Coast Salish Nation since 1979, is the premier indigenous think tank in the world.

In addition to research and education, CWIS publishes Fourth World Journal and Intercontinental Cry magazine. In April 2013, IC magazine was the first in world media to expose a nationwide campaign by CERA – “the Ku Klux Klan of Indian country” — to terminate American tribes.

In the Fall of 2013, IC, Public Good and Wrong Kind of Green collaborated on publishing Communications in Conflict, a primer on netwar–shorthand for networked psychological warfare. In April 2016, WKOG published Netwar at Cherry Point, what Noisy Waters Northwest described as “a detailed and important accounting of three years of research on matters related to the Anti-Indian movement in Whatcom County, Washington.”

Documenting the Dark Side, a vastly underappreciated aspect of research and education, allows tribal leaders and moral authorities to more effectively confront promoters of interracial discord, such as SSA Marine and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. It also helps to expose misleading campaigns by fossil fuel export developers like BP.

Fourth World Geopolitics is poorly understood by both mainstream media and academia. Enlightening them to the social, economic and political realities of indigenous nations is the purpose of CWIS.

Mandates from God

HELP US RAISE FUNDS* FOR A GROUNDBREAKING FILM ABOUT WHITE POWER, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES & FOSSIL FUEL EXPORT

Mandates from Goda groundbreaking documentary about white power, Indigenous peoples & fossil fuel export – is a collaboration between Public Good Project and SIRIUS VIDEO. Based on a 2014 Special Report on Christian white supremacy in the US and a 2016 Special Report on Wise Use terrorism, Mandates from God focuses on the carbon corridor conflict between Coast Salish Nation and fossil fuel export terminal developers in British Columbia and Washington State.

As progressive churches and tribal longhouses seek to protect the endangered species and Indigenous cultures of the Salish Sea, two of these developers have allied themselves with mainstream white supremacists in the Tea Party to “strike a most devastating psychological blow to Northwest tribes’ pride and their sense of well-being.” With your help, we can defeat White Power on the Salish Sea, and create a monumental work of art that is both educational and inspirational.

The Indigenous peoples are Prepared to Lead; you can help them tell SSA Marine, Pacific International Terminals, Kinder Morgan, Cloud Peak Energy, Peabody Energy, Shell Oil, BP, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad “NO MORE!” Make your voice heard.

*Our goal for the documentary trailer is $25,000.

Crowing Jesus

In a July 21, 2015 article in the Los Angeles Times, Crow Tribe chairman, Darrin Old Coyote, called Lummi Nation leaders “ignorant” pawns of Seattle environmental groups opposed to fossil fuel export. An important supplier of coal to power plants in the Midwest, the Crow are now in bed with mining companies seeking to ship Montana coal to Asia, from a proposed terminal in Lummi Nation’s treaty-protected fishing area at Cherry Point, located on the Salish Sea between Seattle and Vancouver.
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In a January 19, 2015 story at Indian Country Today Media Network, the Crow tribal government was noted for sponsoring a large billboard proclaiming, “Jesus Christ is Lord on the Crow Nation.” The “Jesus is Lord” resolution, passed unanimously in 2013 by the Crow Tribal Legislature, reflects the Crow embrace of Pentecostalism, a heritage of the California missionaries that established a Four Square Gospel Church at the Crow Reservation in 1920.
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In 1951, Crow attendees at Life Bible College in Los Angeles returned to the reservation, and took a hard line against traditional Native ways. As Pentecostal Christians, the Crow Tribe is now challenging Lummi Nation’s “sacred trust” to protect the Salish Sea, declared in a June 3, 2015 press release from Coast Salish Nation, a kinship-based society of Washington Tribes and British Columbia First Nations seeking to protect their territories from becoming a carbon corridor.