12:11pm August 29, 2015 Sandy Robson
After Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke came to Whatcom County on August 18 to tour the Gateway Pacific coal terminal site at Cherry Point, I thought I’d let him know what many of us here think about his efforts to undermine the Lummi Nation’s treaty rights and his pro-GPT propaganda message.
So, I sent a letter to the editor to two Montana newspapers; the Missoulian and the Billings Gazette.
I got an email last night from Jan and Harold Hoem from Montana, who fight tirelessly against the Otter Creek Mine/Tongue River Railroad proposals and Pac Northwest coal export projects who came to Bellingham a few months ago to show the film they produced, “Coal Road to China.”
Jan said she cheered when she read the letter to the editor in the paper. She also said she had seen Paul Anderson and talked with Jewell James at the Totem Pole ceremony in Missoula yesterday morning, and that she had the honor of speaking during the ceremony.
So, a letter to the editor from a Whatcom County, Washington resident sent to a Montana newspaper, reaches a Montana friend in the fight against coal who spoke yesterday at a Totem Pole ceremony in Missoula, Montana during a Totem Pole journey that members of the Lummi Nation from Washington state are traveling on as the Totem Pole heads to the territory of the Northern Cheyenne where it will be erected in Lame Deer, Montana, on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.
This illustrates the united connections of the collective effort in the fight against fossil fuel export projects in our region.