EcoWatch, September 20, 2012
On Sept. 21, the Hereditary Chief and leaders of the Lummi Nation will gather with the community at Cherry Point, 14 miles northwest of Bellingham, WA, to speak about the importance of working together to honor the ancestors and protect the natural and cultural heritage of Xwe’chi’eXen (Cherry Point), the proposed site of the largest coal exporting facility in North America.
There are ancient names associated with this sacred landscape that are still called out by the Lummi people. Many Lummi families trace their ancestry to those ancient relatives. “It is our promise and our duty to our ancestors, our elders, and to future generations to protect and preserve Cherry Point,” said Clifford Cultee, chairman of the Lummi Nation. A Hereditary Chief of the Lummi Nation, Tsilixw (Bill James), a linguist and cultural historian, supported the chairman’s remarks, noting that Cherry Point is “the home of the ancient ones. Our ancestors are still there.”