Lummi Nation leaders and tribal members gathered last week to address the importance of protecting the natural and cultural heritage of Cherry Point (Xwe’chi’eXen).
North of Bellingham, Wash., Cherry Point is the proposed site of a coal export facility, which would be the largest in North America if built.
Xwe’chi’eXen was a Lummi tribal village for more than 175 generations. Traditionally, it was a shellfish, herring and salmon fishery area, as well as a reef-net site. Xwe’chi’eXen also is associated with the creation story of the Lummi People and the First Salmon Ceremony.
Several media outlets covered the event, including: