A Totem Pole Journey for the Protection of Sacred Places
With a new federal administration—including the first Native American to lead the Department of the Interior, the Executive Orders issued, Supreme Court decisions affirming tribal rights, and the urgency of climate crises, now is the time to implement policies to protect, restore, and renew sacred places, lands and waterways; and redefine the principles that shape land and water regulation and management in the United States on the basis of tribal sovereignty and Nation to Nation relations.
In July, the delivery of a totem pole from Lummi carvers and spiritual leaders to the new Administration, along with events in Washington, D.C., will be the summit of a cross-country tour connecting twenty of the country’s Native-led struggles where sacred lands, waters, and wildlife are imperiled by dams, climate change, and extractive industries.
Ceremonial welcomes, online “virtual journey” events and live-streamed outdoor events, and media-making from the road will build support for the sovereign right of tribal nations to shape local and federal solutions, and to act on our collective ancestral responsibility to protect sacred places and the natural world for generations to come.
This Summer, the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation will carve and transport a 24-foot totem pole from Washington State to Washington D.C.. As the pole travels it draws lines of connection--honoring, uniting and empowering communities working to protect sacred places. It carries the spirit of the lands it visits and the power and prayers of communities along the way.
In this moment of self-reflection across the United States and the acknowledgment of past and present injustices inflicted on Native Peoples and lands without consent, we invite all peoples to stand united with us to protect sacred places, and fulfill our ancestral and historic obligations to the First Peoples of these lands and waters.
Events will be live-streamed.
July 14, Lummi Nation, WA
July 15, Snake River, ID
July 17, Bears Ears, UT
July 18, Chaco Canyon, NM
July 21, Black Hills, SD
July 22, Missouri River, SD
July 24, Standing Rock, ND
July 25, White Earth, MN
July 27, Bay Mills, MI
July 28-30, Washington D.C.
Please consider making a donation to support the journey and urgent campaigns to protect sacred lands, waters and wildlife.
We give thanks to a growing list of partners involved in the journey.
Pueblo Action Alliance
Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment
Bay Mills Indian Community
Rainforest Action Network
Northwest Tribal Salmon Alliance
The Wilderness Society
Un Tipi Wiconi
Utah Diné Bikeyah
Honor the Earth
Grand Canyon Trust