Lummi Totem Pole Journey Arrives in Portland August 25th

Lummi-Totem-Journey_2015Posted by Sierra Club Oregon Chapter:

Please join us in supporting the 2015 totem pole journey, led by Master Carver Jewell James of the Lummi Nation’s House of Tears Carvers. Each year for the past two years, tribal members have carved and transported totem poles thousands of miles to raise public awareness and strengthen opposition to the export of fossil fuels from the west coast of the United States and Canada.
The 2015 journey (August 21 – August 31) comes at a defining moment in our collective effort to defeat these fossil fuel export proposals. The Corps of Engineers will soon decide whether or not it will agree with the Lummi Nation and deny all permits for the Gateway Pacific Terminal Project. The 2015 journey will play an important role uniting opposition to the fossil fuel export projects, empower the general public with information, send a strong and united message to agencies and elected officials, and strengthen local, regional, and national networks and alliances.
The 2015 journey will focus events in places of worship and in key tribal communities. Pope Francis, in his recent 184-page papal encyclical Laudato Si, issued a sweeping condemnation of the “relentless exploitation and destruction of the environment and the reckless pursuit of profits, excessive faith in technology and political shortsightedness.” The central theme of his message was “our shared responsibilities” to the Creation and to each other. This is also the theme of the 2015 totem pole, and one that goes to the heart of opposition to the proposed extraction, refinement, transport and storage of fossil fuels in the Pacific Northwest.


Friday, August 21, 6 – 9 pm
Vancouver, British Columbia
Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, 1803 E 1st Ave (1 block east of 1st & Commercial), Vancouver      
6 – 7 pm, Community Dinner, By donation
7 – 9 pm, Screening a film documentary by Freddy Lane of the Lummi Nation and Sierra Club about the 2014 “Our Shared Responsibility” journey through the Pacific Northwest. There will be a discussion with Jewell James (Lummi) and Rueben George (Tsleil-Waututh) following the film.
Presenting supporter: Wilderness Committee; venue sponsor: Grandview Calvary Baptist Church.Affiliate: Tsleil-Waututh First Nation   
Contact: Reuben George –

Saturday, August 22, 10 am – 1 pm
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Tsleil-Waututh Community Centre, 3010 Sleil Waututh Rd, North Vancouver     
10 am – 12 noon, 2015 Totem Pole Journey arrival and ceremony outdoors.
12 noon – 1 pm, Lunch in Community Centre. Free.
Affiliate: Tsleil-Waututh First Nation
Contact: Reuben George –    

Saturday, August 22, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Cherry Point, Bellingham, WA
Tribal Admin. Center, 2665 Kwina Road, Bellingham
Affiliates: Lummi Nation, NGOs, Faith-based Community 
Contacts: Kurt Russo –
Matt Patryni –
Beth Brownfield –                                   

Sunday, August 23, 10:00 am 
Be on-site at 9:30
Marysville (Tulalip), WA 
Greg Williams Youth Center, 6700 Totem Beach Road, Marysville       
Affiliate: Tulalip Nation
Contact: Freida Williams –
Sunday, August 23, 6:00 – 7:30 pm    
Longview, WA
St. Stephens Episcopal Church,  1428 22nd Ave., Longview 
Affiliates: Quinault, NGO’s, Faith-based Community             

Monday, August 24, 5:30 – 7:30 pm   
Portland, OR
St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave., Portland

Affiliates: Columbia River Indian Fish Commission, NGOs, Faith-based Community             


Tuesday, August 25, 12:30 – 1:30 pm                             
Hood River, OR
Riverside Community Church Sanctuary, 317 State Street, Hood River
11:30 am, “Invitation only” lunch for sponsoring organizations
12:30 – 1:30 pm, Blessing
Affiliates: Faith-based Community, Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network

Tuesday, August 25
Celilo Falls, OR
Currently not open to the public.
Affiliate: Celilo Peoples                           

Wednesday, August 26, 10 am – 2 pm        
Port of Morrow, Boardman, OR
Boardman Marina Park, 1 Marine Dr. NW, Boardman
Affiliate: Yakama Nation                                
Contact: Elizabeth Sanchey –

Thursday, August 27, 10 am
Spokane, WA
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, 4340 W. Fort Wright Drive, Spokane
Affiliates: Spokane Tribe, Faith-Based Community   
Contacts: Twalea Abramson-Swan –
Rev. Dr. Todd F. Eklof –         

Friday, August 28
Missoula, MT               
Contact: John Lund –

Sunday, August 30
Lame Deer, MT
AffiliatesNorthern Cheyenne, NGOs   


For more information or to make a donation, please go to the Totem Pole Journey website:

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