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Lummi Nation could sue under repatriation act to free captive orca in Miami

In a new effort to release the last surviving southern resident orca in captivity, two Lummi Nation tribal members have notified a Miami theme park they will sue if the whale is not released and repatriated to her home waters within 90 days. The Miami Seaquarium, which has held the orca in captivity since August 1970, declined to comment on the notice of intent to sue.

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6/17/2020

article Remembering Lummi hereditary chief Bill James
(Washington) -- The hereditary chief of the Lummi People Bill Tsi’li’xw James died on June 1 of hereditary liver disease. He was 75. “He was a teacher...

6/14/2020

article ‘She needs to be returned home’ say Lummi tribal members renewing push to free orca
(Washington) -- The two Lummi Nation tribal members who have said they will sue to free an orca from the Miami Seaquarium and bring her home to the Salish Sea announced...

6/10/2020

press release Lummi Nation’s new fight to bring orca Tokitae home
(Washington) -- It's been 50 years since the southern resident orca Tokitae was taken from her family in the Salish Sea and became known as Lolita, a main attraction...

6/8/2020

article ‘We will strive to do better,’ Lummi Police chief says after incident caught on video
(Washington) -- The Lummi Nation Police Department is reviewing a late-night interaction between officers and several Lummi Tribal members that occurred Saturday, June 6...

6/4/2020

article Bill James, hereditary chief at Lummi, master weaver, dies at age 75
(Washington) -- Bill Tsi’li’xw James, hereditary chief of the Lummi people, was a teacher of culture, language and art who passed on teachings until his last...

5/20/2020

article Lummi Nation’s Silver Reef Casino Resort to reopen to the public Friday in Ferndale
(Washington) -- The Silver Reef Casino Resort will begin to reopen Thursday, May 21, with a “soft opening” for Lummi Nation members, according to a casino...

5/6/2020

article Lummi doctor: coronavirus cluster shows ‘they call it social distancing for a reason’
(Washington) -- It’s been nearly seven weeks since the Lummi Indian Business Council became one of the first agencies in the state to issue a “Shelter in...

5/5/2020

article Uptick in COVID-19 cases in Lummi Nation
(Washington) -- Lummi Nation has seen an increase in confirmed coronavirus-related cases. In a Facebook address on Friday, Lummi Business Council President Lawrence...

5/4/2020

article Lummi Nation Coronavirus Outbreak Traced To Playing Children
(Washington) -- Washington state American Indian tribe has seen a spate of new coronavirus infections that health officials traced to children playing together. Sixteen...

5/3/2020

article Lummi Nation has its first coronavirus cases in weeks; outbreak attributed to kids playing together
(Washington) -- A new cluster of coronavirus cases detected by testing at the Lummi Nation has been traced to children playing together, tribal health officials said....
article Washington tribe traces new outbreak to children playing
(Washington) -- A Washington state American Indian tribe has seen a spate of new coronavirus infections that health officials traced to children playing together....

4/9/2020

article Lummi Nation to detain inmates released by Chehalis jail to prevent coronavirus spread
(Washington) -- Several inmates currently housed in the Chehalis Tribal Jail could soon be released back into the custody of the Lummi Nation, which will activate a...

4/1/2020

article The Wild: NW tribes' legacy, and power, of telling a good story
(Washington) -- My friend Lisa Wilson loves a good story. I’ve asked her to share one that is very special to her and her people. It’s a “creation...

3/31/2020

article Lummi announces 1 more positive test for coronavirus, as total for tribe rises to 17
(Washington) -- The Lummi Public Health Department announced Tuesday, March 21, that one additional Lummi community member has tested positive for COVID-19, the new...

3/23/2020

article Lummi Nation shelters in place to slow spread of coronavirus
(Washington) -- The Lummi Nation is sheltering in place to protect its people. The announcement by Lawrence Solomon, chairman of the Lummi Indian Business Council,...

3/22/2020

article Lummi Nation shelters in place to slow spread of coronavirus
(Washington) -- The Lummi Nation is sheltering in place to protect its people. The announcement by Lawrence Solomon, chairman of the Lummi Indian Business Council,...

3/18/2020

article Native American tribe takes trailblazing steps to fight Covid-19 outbreak
(Washington) -- The Lummi nation, a sovereign Native American tribe in the Pacific north-west, will soon open a pioneering field hospital to treat coronavirus patients,...
article One more Whatcom resident tests positive for coronavirus, Health Department says
(Washington) -- One more person from Whatcom County has tested positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, according to information released Wednesday, March 18, from...

3/17/2020

article A Lummi Nation doctor is self-quarantined. But the tribe has been preparing for weeks for a coronavirus outbreak.
(Washington) -- When Dakotah Lane decided to change careers and become a doctor, to come home and serve his people, he never thought he’d be in the middle of...
article Silver Reef Casino says it will close for two weeks to prevent coronavirus exposure
(Washington) -- The Silver Reef Casino and Resort will close for two weeks starting Tuesday night, March 17, amid the COVID-19 global pandemic. Lummi Nation and the...

3/14/2020

article Lummi Nation only providing essential services after employee’s positive coronavirus test
(Washington) -- After an employee tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday, March 12, the Lummi Public Health Department has shut down everything except for a few food and...

3/13/2020

article Person sickened by coronavirus was at Silver Reef Casino Buffet on Tuesday, March 10
(Washington) -- People who were at the Silver Reef Casino Buffet on Tuesday, March 10, may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus if they were close enough to...

11/17/2019

article Lummi Nation could sue under repatriation act to free captive orca in Miami
(Washington) -- In a new effort to release the last surviving southern resident orca in captivity, two Lummi Nation tribal members have notified a Miami theme park they...

10/21/2019

press release US Lummi Tribe Opposes Kinder Morgan Pipeline As Threat To Vital Waterways - Councilman
(Washington) -- The Lummi Nation - a Native American tribe in Washington State on the US border with Canada - is challenging in court the construction of Kinder Morgan...

9/21/2019

article Lummi tribe member sentenced for stealing $200K from casino
(Washington) -- A Bellingham woman, who used her employee access to steal $200,000 from the Lummi Nation’s Silver Reef Casino, was sentenced Friday in U.S....
article Woman who stole $200,000 from Silver Reef Casino and made bomb threat sentenced
(Washington) -- A Bellingham woman was sentenced to time served and two years supervised release Friday, Sept. 20, in U.S. District Court in Seattle after using her...

9/6/2019

article Southern Resident Killer Whales given Lummi name in a traditional ceremony
(Washington) -- Lummi Nation held a Sna’teng, a traditional naming ceremony, for the Southern Resident Killer Whale population on Thursday, Aug. 22, on a beach at...

9/3/2019

article Lummi Nation seeks protections for 'relations under water'
(Washington) -- The Pacific Northwest’s most iconic species—the orcas that live in the Salish Sea year-round—are on the brink of extinction with just...
article Lummis call for support to save Salish Sea
(Washington) -- The Lummi Nation is inviting others to join in an event, by land or water, at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Blaine fishing pier/public boat launch...

7/27/2019

article Former employee pleads guilty to stealing $200,000 from Whatcom casino
(Washington) -- A former Silver Reef Casino employee has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing $200,000 from the business in November 2018. Shannon Marie Morris...

7/25/2019

article Photos: 100+ tribal canoes land on Lummi shore, honor missing and murdered indigenous women
(Washington) -- Canoe families from Alaska, Washington state and Canada landed on Lummi shore on Wednesday during the culmination of the annual tribal canoe journey....

7/17/2019

article Intertribal canoe journey expected to attract 10,000 people from region
(Washington) -- Whatcom County residents will soon gather to witness the strength and beauty of coastal canoes landing, by invitation of Lummi Nation, near the Stommish...

7/15/2019

article Toi Māori waka representatives Paddle to Lummi Nation
(Washington) -- Toi Māori waka representatives Piripi Taylor and Kevin Harrison join the Northwest Coast Tribes of the USA and Canada to participate in the Annual Tribal...

6/28/2019

article Seventy-three years later, Lummi Nation continues to honor them during annual Stommish
(Washington) -- Seventy-three years after Lummi Nation welcomed home its U.S. military veterans following World War II, thousands again gathered in honor of veterans...

6/15/2019

article Paddle To Lummi Intertribal Canoe Journey takes place July 24-28 in the Salish Sea
(Washington) -- The tribal canoe journey is not passing through the San Juan Islands this year but islanders may want to witness the July 24-28 journey. A map of the...

4/25/2019

article Lummi tribe releases salmon to endangered orcas in sacred ceremony
(Washington) -- This month, Lummi tribal leaders released a single Chinook salmon into the Salish Sea as a spiritual offering to the starving, endangered southern...

4/13/2019

article Lummi Nation calls for 'state of emergency' to aid dwindling orca population
(Washington) -- Elders and leaders of the Lummi Nation released a single Chinook salmon into the Salish Sea off western Washington State Wednesday as part of a spiritual...

4/12/2019

article ‘Our relatives under the water.’ Lummi release salmon to ailing orcas
(Washington) -- Lummi tribal members released one live chinook salmon into the Salish Sea on Wednesday as a spiritual offering to J17, an orca matriarch who has been...

3/4/2019

article Marysville man arrested for robbery at casino hotel room
(Washington) -- John Hiatt, a 47-year-old male from Marysville, Washington, was arrested early Sunday morning after an incident at the Silver Reef Casino and Hotel....

3/3/2019

article MORRIS: Lummi’s sacred obligation is to feed orcas, our relations under the waves
(Washington) -- My heart is heavy knowing that members of my community are starving, and that I am kept from feeding them. According to our Lummi traditional teachings,...

12/17/2018

article Religion News Service: Lummi Nation fights for return of relative
(Washington) -- Whales are a staple in the waters off the Pacific Northwest. The local culture is so wrapped up in a whale identity that Seattle’s metro bus cards...

12/12/2018

article County urges tribe to cooperate on “languishing” berm project
(UK) -- Without an agreement in the next month from the Lummi Indian Business Council, the 1.6-mile Birch Bay beach restoration project known as the Birch Bay berm will...

11/26/2018

article Silver Reef Casino reportedly robbed and evacuated after weekend bomb threat
(Washington) -- The Silver Reef Casino was reportedly robbed by an off-duty employee and a bomb threat was called into the hotel, forcing an evacuation Saturday morning...

11/24/2018

article Casino robbery report results in hotel evacuation
(Washington) -- Silver Reef Hotel and Casino guests got an early wake up call as Lummi Nation and Ferndale Police officers had everyone evacuate the hotel about 3:30am...
article Local woman arrested after early morning casino robbery
(California) -- A local woman was booked into the Whatcom County Jail today charged with suspicion of robbery, burglary, making a bomb threat, reckless endangerment and...

11/14/2018

article Lummi Nation purchases Blaine golf course
(Washington) -- The Lummi Nation has announced the acquisition of Loomis Trail Golf Course. Lummi Nation will take the formerly private course and open it to the public...

10/3/2018

article Lummi Nation acquires Loomis Trail Golf Course
(Washington) -- The Lummi Nation now owns a golf course. The tribe announced it has purchased the Loomis Trail Golf Course near Blaine from an investment group. Chairman...

10/2/2018

article Lummi Nation makes a major real estate purchase that’s about its past and future
(Washington) -- Lummi Indian Business Council has acquired a significant amount of property that not only reclaims a piece of the nation’s cultural heritage but...

9/21/2018

article Lummi Nation gets grant to combat violence against women
(Washington) -- The U.S. Justice Department will double the funding it gives tribes for public safety programs and crime victims as it tries to tackle the high rates of...

9/15/2018

article Ailing killer whale declared dead, but feds to keep looking
(Washington) -- Efforts to find a sick young orca from a critically endangered population of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest came up empty Thursday, and a...

9/13/2018

article NOAA lays plan to capture ailing orca J50, announces public meetings
(Washington) -- Plans are being laid to capture J50, the ailing young orca, as efforts to help her in the wild have failed and her condition continues to deteriorate.

9/12/2018

article NOAA lays plan to capture ailing orca J50, announces public meetings
(Washington) -- The plan has been coming together for months as the agency announced public meetings, with just a few days' notice. It's been decades since the...

9/10/2018

article National Park Service awards Lummi Nation with Tribal Heritage Grant
(Washington) -- The National Park Service has sent out nearly one million dollars in Tribal Heritage Grants to support 23 cultural and historic preservation projects for...

8/21/2018

article How far will we go to save a single, sick orca?
(Washington) -- There has been an extraordinary federal-local-tribal effort aimed at nursing the killer whale known as J50 back to health. But is it far enough? Seattle...

8/15/2018

article Port of Port Townsend aims to develop joint request to help orcas
(Washington) -- The three Port of Port Townsend commissioners, concerned about the number of chinook salmon available for the declining southern resident orca population...
article Scientists Are Trying Desperately to Save a Starving Orca. Will Their Efforts Pay Off?
(Washington) -- A specialized response team in northwest Washington made a valiant attempt last weekend to save a starving young killer whale (Orcinus orca) named...

8/13/2018

article Live salmon released for ailing killer whale but she doesn’t eat
(Washington) -- Marine researchers working to save an ailing killer whale have released live salmon into waters in front of the free-swimming orca. But they did not see...
article Scientists deliver salmon to ailing orca J50
(Washington) -- Scientists and the Lummi Nation deployed live salmon to ailing orca J50 off the coast of San Juan Island on Sunday. National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

8/8/2018

article 3-Year-Old Killer Whale Is Starving, and Biologists Don't Know Why
(Washington) -- It's all hands on deck as biologists, fishermen and concerned citizens try to come up with the best plan possible for saving a wild, starving killer...
article That pain you feel about orcas? The Lummi know it well
(Washington) -- Helping our relatives. That’s what Darrell Hillaire calls the project to offer salmon to the young whale known as J50. Hillaire is a member of the...

8/7/2018

article 'It's family,' say Lummi tribe members trying to save starving orca
(Washington) -- The effort to save a sick, starving orca named J50 is a personal mission for Aaron Hillaire and Malcolm Owings of the Lummi Tribe. “Hundreds and...
article Veterinarians Grapple With How To Save A Starving Orca
(Washington) -- An emaciated orca from the Pacific Northwest’s critically-endangered resident killer whale population could get a pole injection of medicine under...

6/7/2018

article Lummi Tribal Member Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse of a Minor
(Washington) -- A 20-year-old member of the Lummi Tribe was sentenced Monday June 4, 2018 to six years in prison and 20 years of supervised release for sexual abuse of a...

6/6/2018

article Lummi Tribe member sentenced for sexual abuse of a minor
(Washington) -- A 20-year-old member of the Lummi Tribe was sentenced Monday to six years in prison and twenty years of supervised release for sexual abuse of a minor.

5/31/2018

article Carrying a totem pole from Washington to Florida
(Florida) -- Members of the Lummi Nation carried a whale totem pole all the way from Washington State to Florida, arriving May 26 for events designed to raise awareness...

5/29/2018

article Lummi Nation criticized for activism at Miami Seaquarium
(Florida) -- After traveling thousands of miles from Lummi to the Miami Seaquarium calling for the release of the 52-year-old orca Tokitae, Lummi Nation members and...
article Lummi Nation finishes march in Miami for Lolita the whale, trainer criticizes efforts
(Florida) -- The Lummi Nation's 3,000 mile totem journey to pressure on the Miami Seaquarium for free Lolita is over, but not before the whale's trainer...
article Lummi prayers, songs at Seaquarium just start of effort to free captive whale
(Florida) -- After more than 3,000 miles, Lummi Nation tribal members delivered their songs and prayers for the release of Lolita the southern-resident killer whale at...
article Tokitae: A sacred quest to bring a lost child home
(Florida) -- With song and prayer, Lummi Nation carvers ask for the release of one of their sacred creatures. Tokitae—as she was named by her captors—was...

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