My piece de resistance — Netwar at Cherry Point — turns one on April 1st.
This case study about the dark side of white power on the Salish Sea focuses on fossil fuel export versus indigenous peoples, or perhaps better stated — Wall Street versus human rights.
For some, the beloved San Juan Islands beckon as paradise in a world of total chaos. For Warren Buffett, BP and other major energy investors, they are collateral damage in the pursuit of oil portfolio profits.
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to export fossil fuels like coal and oil from Cherry Point, adding that the thirty-year-old industrial vision is both outdated and unconscionable.
HELP US RAISE FUNDS* FOR A GROUNDBREAKING FILM ABOUT WHITE POWER, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES & FOSSIL FUEL EXPORT
Mandates from God — a 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.
Coast Salish Nation, a kinship-based society of Washington tribes and British Columbia First Nations on the Salish Sea, announced on June 3, 2015 that they will seek a seat at the United Nations to protect their treaty and aboriginal rights–which includes stopping fossil fuel export through their territories.
Of interest to the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians — as they battle big oil and big coal — are two new posters at Public Good Project, that highlight the organized racism of fossil fuel export on the Salish Sea, between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Gateway Pacific Terminal Hall of Shame profiles the promoters of the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point, site of Lummi Nation’s salmon and crab harvest, as well as ancient village and burial ground.
Gateway Pacific Terminal Timeline chronicles the connections between the Tea Party, CERA (the “Ku Klux Klan of Indian country”), and the GPT consortium.