Lummi Nation’s Quest To Return Orca To Puget Sound
Think Out Loud
In 1970, a young orca whale was captured off the coast of Washington. She was called “Tokitae” and later “Lolita” and currently resides at the Seaquarium in Miami, Florida. The whale’s name is actually Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut, according to the Lummi Nation. The tribe considers her part of their family and they want to bring her home. Lummi council member Freddie Lane joins us to talk about the cross-country trip he’s been on with an orca totem pole to raise awareness about the whale and the Lummi Nation’s effort to bring her back to the Pacific Northwest.
The Lummi Nation boys will play Yakama Nation Tribal in the Regionals on 2/23/19 at Mount Vernon High School. #TDLN talked with #Blackhawks coach Jerome Toby to preview Saturday's game (that you can hear online at www.OnTheDLN.com beginning at 9:45am. (Photo courtesy of Lummi Nation School)For more check out www.OnTheDLN.com - The online home of The Doug Lange Network!
Time to check in on the #LummiNation football squad. The Doug Lange Network talked with RB/LB Arthur Felix about bouncing back from the 2017 state semifinal loss, how close the team is and the key to success for the #Blackhawks in 2018. (Apologies for the background noise...it was really windy at practice!) For more check out www.OntheDLN.com - the online home of The Doug Lange Network.
The #LummiNation football squad is looking to bounce back after a state semifinal loss in 2017. The Doug lange Network spoke with #Blackhawks coach Jim Sandusky about replacing 6 two-way starters, how important the first 3-to-4 weeks of the season are and their season opener versus Tacoma Baptist. (Apologies for the background noise...it was very windy at practice!) For more check out www.OnTheDLN.com - the online home of The Doug Lange Network.
Ep.010 | Meeting Jay Julius, New Elected Chairman of the Lummi Nation
Friends & Relatives Radio Podcast
Jeremiah Julius spoke with Darrell about his seventh year elected to the council, nowthe Chairman of Lummi nations. Jeremiah introduces himself as a father of three and an avidfisherman who loves serving his people. He is in his first 30 days as the chairman, and it feelslike “drinking water from a firehose.” He’s already formed a team, setting the goals and plansthey’ll seek to accomplish in the upcoming years as he continues to adjust to this eye-openingand fulfilling job.Jeremiah recounts that the council has done good things already in the small time he’sbeen elected, and will continue to do good things with the whole community while rebuildingrelationships both outside and within. He has already set such a precedence. Within the firstday, he called a meeting with the council and his team. This helped set the stage for cooperationand doing everything in line with who we are and what we value. Looking to his first 100 daysin office, Jeremiah wants to find out how to go beyond just communicating with thecommunity, and move into community involvement with the council. He does not have anyfantasies that such a task will be easy, but all the more he is committed to bridging the gap.The first week he and his team participated in a retreat where they listed the prioritiesin Lummi including; continual strengthening of Sovereignty and treaty rights; investment incommunity development; an emphasis on Health just as the council emphasized last year;economic development including diversifying past gaming; taxing outside government as asovereign nation and finding a way around dual taxation. He is painfully aware of the unmetneeds that keep getting unfulfilled during budget time, and wishes to fulfill them eventually.Darrel asked Jeremiah how and if he has been prepared for this new responsibility inleadership. Jeremiah admitted that its impossible to fill the shoes of past leaders, but being ableto grow up with those leaders and on the water, with the importance of what defines us andwho we give him the strength he uses to this day.He noted that his experience with hunting and preparing ducks with his friends andfamily was another way he had become prepared for leadership. Self-education too was veryimportant, as he asked everyone what to read then went ahead and read those books. Booksabout business, how to set trends, how to look to the future beyond the now.There really isn’t one right way to become prepared as a leader of the Lummi Nation,but in the end, Jeremiah admitted it was how he learned from his parents, grandparents, andchildren. The most important lessons he learned were these: being Lummi, being a fisherman,knowing what the water means to him, and how it connects him to his grandpa, his children, hisaunts and uncles.He moved on to the importance of homeland beyond just the reservation and the needfor partnership with governments on equal footing, of looking beyond the paternalistic attitudethat has been put upon the Lummi nation and getting off the ‘menu’ and onto the table. Hestates that the Lummi nation has gotten to the table, unlike the past years. Darrell thenreminded him of how his own aunt and mother closed down the ferry terminal, how LarryKinley went to Washington DC to get a place at the table and how this place at the table lays afoundation for leadership.Jeremiah went over the threats to sovereignty and treaty rights and the situation ofchildren in the ‘system’. He himself had father figures to raise him after his own father died, butmany children, he reminds us, do not have that and are caught in the ‘system’. The need tobelong to a family and Lummi nations, of mothers to sons, daughters to fathers, these thingsneed to be strengthened and preserved.Yet there is also the breakage of net pens that release alien fish species into ourwaters. Culverts and pollution have attacked the salmon and driven their numbers low,threatening the survival of Lummi Nation. This and the problem of judicial reversals on high alsoloom. The fact is, there are outside entities have a hard time viewing the senior water rightsheld by the Lummi Nation.In all of these threats, Jeremiah is concerned how to pierce through the misleads andlies that outside communities will swallow in the upcoming times. How do we send out the message of who we are when they do not know who we are? How do you deliver thatmessage? Those attempts to make it ‘us’ vs ‘them’, how do you stop that? The new chairmandoes not know the answer, but he knows that we do not pick fights. When we do fight it isnecessary. Quoting Darrell, Jeremiah said “we fight the fight and we never give up. We fightgood fights.” He also noted that its always to protect; Either archeological sites or fish streams,there is a need to stop and look at what yesterday held to know where all this destruction anddevelopment is moving us towards.Delivering the message will be hard, but it is being done says Jeremiah. As an example,he brought up the victory of Xwe’chi’eXen, where the outside was educated about who theLummi nation are.With all this heaviness, could there possibly be words of encouragement? Yes, andJeremiah reminds us all: “We together do so much. We do great things, we hold ceremonies,when we come together as families it is a feeling that cannot be replaced, it cannot be beatenby any other feeling. That’s what we need in our community. There’s so much work andcelebration that must be done. Lets do it together. Lets fight together, not with one another.Lets celebrate together, with one another, lets love together.” At the end he pleaded for all tothink about what they say before they say it, especially with social media where things cannever be taken back. When were courage’s, it’ll encourage the youth without saying a singleword. What we do now the future leaders will do also.