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NOAA lays plan to capture ailing orca J50, announces public meetings

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.

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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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