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That pain you feel about orcas? The Lummi know it well

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 Lummi Nation and uses the word relatives to talk about members of the natural world like whales and salmon. “We have relations with them, don't we?” Hillaire said. “We harvest them. We have them at the middle of our table and at our gatherings. They're with us. The spirit of what they do is celebrated in our song and our ceremony. We give thanks to them. That's a relationship.”

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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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