The Lummi Nation, located in Whatcom County, is leading the way in protecting and revitalizing the Salish Sea through their establishment of the Salish Sea Campaign. Lummi Nation tribal member Ellie (Tah Mahs) Kinley will provide an update on the Salish Sea Campaign at Bellingham City Club on October 23 at Northwood Hall Event Center, 3240 Northwest Ave, Bellingham. The program starts after a lunch buffet which offers conversation and networking. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets and online at bellinghamcityclub.org.
The Salish Sea Campaign, out of the Sovereignty and Treaty Protection Office of Lummi Nation, seeks to restore the natural animal populations throughout the bioregion to more than fifty percent of historic levels. The campaign’s current efforts include declaring a moratorium on any new stressors to the Salish Sea and repatriating Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (Tokitae/Lolita) from Miami Seaquarium to her home in the Salish Sea, among a number of other actions.
Kinley is a Lummi Nation tribal member. As a life-long fisher from a family in which every generation has fished since time immemorial, she is dedicated to the traditional Lummi way of life and exercising treaty rights. Kinley serves on the Lummi Natural Resource and Fish Commission. She was awarded the 2017 Environmental Heroes Award through RESources for Sustainable Communities for her work to protect the natural, cultural, and historical importance of the Salish Sea, specifically at Cherry Point (Xwe’chi’eXen).
For more information on the Salish Sea Campaign, please visit www.sacredsea.org