Press release: Lummi totem pole journey stopping in Billings on Sunday, Aug. 24

August 19, 2014

Categories: Climate change, Coal, News, Northern Plains Resource Council

Sunday August 24
5 – 7 p.m.
Riverfront Park Shelter #3 (left side of lake near bridge)

By Northern Plains Resource Council

In the face of the proposed Cherry Point coal export terminal that would sit on their ancestral lands, members of the Lummi Nation are embarking on a protest journey to empower and inform communities all along the rail line from Bellingham, Washington, to Billings, Montana.

The Lummi Totem Pole Journey will stop in Billings this Sunday,  August 24, from 5-7 p.m. at Riverfront Park. There will be a Lummi blessing ceremony for the totem pole and short talks by members of the Lummi community as well as Northern Cheyenne artist and activist Alaina Buffalo Spirit. Entertainment will include native drumming, dancing, and free food.

The purpose of the journey is to protest coal exports and the many other dangerous proposals which threaten the treaty rights, ancestral lands, and livelihoods of indigenous peoples across the United States and the world.

totem pole – created by the Lummi Nation House of Tears carvers and which is a part of the journey – will be blessed. Totem poles are one of the oldest forms of North American storytelling. In the testimony of Master Carver Jewell James, the totem itself is not sacred – it is only when it is touched and shared by many communities standing together that the totem becomes a lasting part of our memories and a symbol of our resistance.

For more information on the journey, visit them online at or on Facebook at

220 South 27th Street, Suite A
Billings, Montana 59101
(406) 248-1154