It was like a scene straight from an epic western: 94 wild Yellowstone bison, their instincts in full throttle despite five years behind government fences, thundering through an open gate and onto a vast plain.
A few years ago, USA Today did a two-page article about the problems faced by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in their battle to clean up a Superfund plant on the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho (USA Today, "Tribes fight toxic giant," June 3, 1998).
Today, President Obama has the choice. Clean technology is at our feet. Sustainable resources are in our hands. And here we sit, digging for oil.
I feel like I have been waiting for this moment an entire lifetime. More like a hundred lifetimes when I count the 500 years and lifetimes of all our indigenous ancestors who went to their graves wondering if justice would ever again prevail on Turtle Island.
I hope we have all been following the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) action that is unfolding before us. Why are they protesting? Hopefully OWS is not only due to the rich-poor gap -although, that is reason enough.
We all owe a big "thank you" to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. They never gave up on getting those two dams torn down, and today that dream is becoming a reality. For 100 years they have had to wait for their treaty rights to be restored and for the salmon to return.
The Department of State is reviewing the details of a Presidential permit which will be required to build the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, through the U.S., to the Gulf of Mexico. The President is currently burdened with the task of of approving or disapproving
Earth, the blue planet. Earth’s blue appearance in space is due to that fact that 70% of its surface is covered in water.
The Kumeyaay have no ceremony for reburying the dead. The remains of a Kumeyaay ancestor unearthed by the dominating society are to be given the same ceremony as a loved one who has recently passed on.
I grow wildflowers. Part of the price one pays for enjoying the beauty of an organic flower garden is spending a considerable amount of time pulling weeds.
Sharing resources is a primary cultural imperative of Indigenous communities worldwide; it is the practical precursor of more nebulous values, such as respect and balance.
Our treaty right to gather shellfish depends on the shellfish being safe to eat.
Samish Bay is one of the traditional shellfish gathering areas for the Swinomish and Upper Skagit tribes. It has some of the highest levels of fecal coliform in the state.
To the editor:
Salmon are incredibly productive by nature. Give them some good habitat, manage harvest carefully, and they will thrive. We’re doing a good job with the careful harvest management part of the equation, but we’re falling far short on the habitat part of the problem.