In March, the Lummi House of Tears Carvers will again be on the road sharing a totem pole and message with everyone: Let us all protect sacred lands and waters! They will visit East Shore on Thursday afternoon, March 2nd, en route to Oak Flat, Arizona where members of the Yavapai and Apache tribes are contesting a proposed copper mine in Oak Flat, their ancestral homeland.
The case contesting the copper mine, which should shortly come before the Supreme Court exemplifies the many struggles tribes face over protecting sacred sites off reservation lands. In this religious freedom case, the question is whether the destruction of a sacred landscape constitutes a “substantial burden” on tribal members’ ability to practice their religion.
Let us stand in solidarity with the Lummi as they undertake this Prayer journey on behalf of all of us. We will hear about previous totem pole journeys as well as this Prayer Journey and future events.
Please join us on campus! All are welcome, including—especially—youth, families with children and anyone else concerned about justice and the future of our planet!
2:00 Totem pole and crew arrive. Available for conversation
3:00 Formal one hour program begins & blessings.
4:00 Conversation and celebration with Lummi crew. Photo ops and food.
5:00 Lummi depart
We have several parking lots. Our upper lot, off SE 32nd Street, is closest to our Sanctuary, it has handicap and stroller parking. There is a roundabout for drop-offs. Our lower, main parking lot is also off SE 32nd Street. There are stairs that will lead you up to the Sanctuary. If that lot is full, there is also street parking on 32nd Street.