Tag: fossil fuel export

Givers and Takers

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.


Crude Awakening

Now that the U.S. crude oil export ban has been lifted, and ‘bomb trains’ are already rolling into the four Pacific Northwest refineries, the three-year-old conflict between Indian tribes and fossil fuel exporters opens up vast opportunities for Anti-Indian Movement organizing, with some really deep pockets behind it. By comparison, White Power on the Salish Seapromoted by coal exporters — could seem like a mere warm-up for organizations like Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA), “the Ku Klux Klan of Indian country”.
Press statements by leaders from the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, the National Congress of American Indians and Coast Salish Nation indicate they will intervene to guard against these orchestrated attacks on tribal sovereignty and treaty rights, but the federal courts are decidedly unfavorable after all the Reagan/Bush judicial appointments. Since the tribes will likely continue pursuing administrative remedies through federal departments like Interior, much will depend on the next US administration. In that regard, things will probably get worse.
The tribes can now invoke international law under the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, seeking relief from the Organization of American States, but under US law they first have to exhaust domestic administrative remedies. And that takes years, during which time CERA and the Tea Party will undoubtedly continue inflaming the dispute, while fossil fuel exporters continue capitalizing on fear.
Since journalists covering this impending pandemonium will rely on corporate press releases and government pronouncements, it falls on the shoulders of think tanks like the Center for World Indigenous Studies, the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, and Public Good Project to contextualize things in the midst of fossil-fueled chaos.  To avoid bloodshed, we will need to provide easily searchable background materials in advance of the imminent mayhem.
Meanwhile, mainstream media studiously avoids exposing the corporate-backed, organized racism by organized labor, intended to incite resentment and provoke Wise Use terrorism toward American Indian tribes.

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.

Mandates from God


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.
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.
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.

White Power vs Northwest Indians

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.