Lummi Totem Carvers and Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment Team Up for a Dam Breaching Ceremony
The House of Tears Carvers and Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment cordially invite you to our blessing ceremony at Chief Timothy Park. Thursday, July 15th, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM. There will be a caravan convening at 8:00 AM and leaving at 8:30 AM from the parking lot on the west side of the Nez Perce Tribe’s Clearwater River Casino to Chief Timothy Park. The Clearwater River Casino is about 4 1/2 miles east of Lewiston along Highway 12. Chief Timothy Park is about 7 miles west of Clarkston on Highway 12.This is an event to advocate for breaching the lower four Snake River dams, which are leading to the extinction of wild salmon and steelhead.
This summer, the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation are transporting a 24-foot totem pole they carved from Washington State to Washington D.C. The purpose of this traveling event is to draw connections to the many issues facing us. The goal is to honor, unite, and empower those working to protect sacred lands, waters, and wildlife that are imperiled by dams, climate change, and extractive industries.
The organizers ask you be respectful when attending. Please ask permission before taking any photographs. Many thanks to Julian Matthews, Elliott Moffett, and Lucii Simpson for working on this event and making it public.
“Confluence” Artist Reception
This week, Thursday, July 8, 4-6 PM, Idaho artist Rachel Teannalach will be in Moscow to share with you her nature-inspired and artistically stunning project “Confluence“ at the Colter Creek Tasting Room, 215 South Main. Her paintings depict Snake and lower Columbia river basin landscapes through which juvenile and adult salmon pass on their up-to-900-mile migratory journey from Idaho’s wild heart to the Pacific Ocean.
Advocates for the West (AFW) is co-sponsoring the event with Rachel Teannalach. Aimee Moran from AFW will present about the organization’s environmental mission. AFW is a pro-bono environmental law firm headquartered in Boise. AFW’s fine attorneys have represented Friends of the Clearwater (FOC) many times. Recently, AFW filed suit on FOC’s behalf against two large and destructive timber sales on the Salmon-Clearwater Divide. Click here for more about that lawsuit and for AFW click here. Thanks to Lin Laughy and Borg Hendrickson for helping with this event. For more about “Confluence,” click here.
Thanks for Speaking Out on Forest Service Proposals
Thanks to those of you who commented recently on the oddly named Dead laundry Timber Sale in the North Fork of the Clearwater River. Many of you also commented on the Smith Ridge Sale, also in the North Fork, and the gave input to the Forest Service to protect old forests. You can still send a letter to the Forest Service about protecting older forests by clicking here.