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Thursday, August 11, 2016

The THREE SISTERS: Paddle to Nisqually: Healing for Nooksack 306 after Abuse by Tribal Leader Bob Kelly

Frank Hopper has a terrific story up at Indian Country Today on the canoe trip of the Nooksack 306, who belong in the tribe, but the tribal chairman, the despicable Bob Kelly, expends so much effort to do the wrong thing with tribal disenrollment .

George Adams
Fighting for JUSTICE for 306 Natives

I was late arriving for the canoe landings. I got stuck in traffic twice driving from Seattle to the Port of Olympia near the mouth of the Nisqually River, the destination of this year’s multi-tribal canoe journey, the Paddle to Nisqually. Tribes from all over the Northwest had sent canoe families on journeys of many days, ultimately arriving at the land of the Nisqually.

I had to park a half-mile away and then got lost trying to find the landing. By the time I got there it was 2:30, an hour and a half after the landings began. I was sure I’d missed the good parts. Maybe I should just turn back around. But something kept telling me not to worry, that everything would be ok.
Then I heard... singing. Native singing. I merged with the crowd of onlookers gazing out onto Puget Sound, part of the Salish Sea, and saw beautiful hand-carved Native canoes stretching off for half a mile, like jet planes lining up to come in for a landing.

READ THE ARTICLE at the link above 

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