Act in Solidarity with Lummi Nation

Climate change threatens the ecosystems and way of life of Original Peoples of the Western Hemisphere, and the Pacific Northwest has become a corridor for fossil fuels. The largest coal port in North America has been proposed for Puget Sound’s Cherry Point, or Xwe'chi'eXen, which would desecrate Lummi Nation sacred lands and waters. On June 27 more than 2,500 people witnessed for environmental justice in solidarity with Lummi Nation. Now it's time to act! 

Take action to stand on the side of love with Lummi Nation and other frontline communities in the struggle against climate change and environmental destruction. 

First Steps: Three Easy Actions 

  1. Sign the letter to President Obama urging him to stop the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point. 

  2. Donate to support the third Totem Pole Journey, Lummi Nation's powerful campaign to take to the road with a massive totem pole carved by Elder Jewell Praying Wolf James to raise awareness, bring together Indigenous nations, and spark more action. 

  3. Join Commit2Respond if you haven't done so yet. Through Commit2Respond you will be connected to new opportunities for solidarity and action, as well as join a network of thousands of other people of faith and conscience for climate justice.

Second Steps: Three Deeper Actions

  1. SHIFT: Join the Climate Mobilization and get involved in actions to help humanity shift to a low-carbon future.

  2. ADVANCE: Form a partnership or get into relationship with an organization led by a front-lines community in your area. Register your commitment and check out Commit2Respond's suggested partner organizations led by communities at the front lines of climate change and environmental destruction.

  3. GROW: Bring it home to your congregation, family, or other groups you are a part of, and help grow the movement: Utilize the UU College of Social Justice toolkit and the Unitarian Universalist Association's Doctrine of Discovery and Indigenous Peoples Day resources, as well as this handout prepared by Beth Brownfield of the Bellingham UU Fellowship for General Assembly 2015. 

Learn More About Lummi Nation

The beautiful salmon/chalice design above was created by Bruce Pierre, an enrolled Lummi Tribal Member and a descendant of Tlingit/Haida, especially for this event. 


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  • commented 2015-07-16 10:11:03 -0400
    We love the Lummi. They are leaders in the American indian movement to recover their identity, restore their culture to health and well being following centuries of brutality and discrimination and fight for Indian rights as granted by treaties with the United States government. As an example of their innovated efforts My wife and I attended the 10th Annual Vine Deloria jr Symposium “Honoring our Ancestors: Empowering Our Youth” at the NW Indian College/ Coast Salish Institute on the Lummi Reservation 7/9 to 7/12/2015. Simply stated it was impactful, insightful and inspiring adventure we have been engaged. It provided a large portal into Indian culture, education, purpose and the profound contribution that historian, theologian, activist and author Vine Deloria jr has had on it and ours. A genuine love of community and spirit of the sacred permeated the event. Expressions of gratitude and connection – each speaker began with their white and Indian names and their lineage, parents and grandparents, in their native tongue and in English. We can’t wait till next year.
  • commented 2015-06-30 17:39:29 -0400
    It it’s exciting to see organizing around this critical issue!

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