Tag Archives: Treaties

One Man (or Woman) One Vote? Are our voting rights being corrupted?

The readers and listeners of Saturday Morning Live know the hard work that Elaine Willman does for all American citizens, even our Native American citizens. The Fairfield Sun Times of Montana has published Elaine’s article which deals with the loss of integrity in our one man (or woman) one vote for the purpose of elections. Please enjoy Elaine’s article and remember it’s up to you and I to give voice to these issues that affect us all.

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Wrapping Up the Local Grange Water Forums

Over the past four months, Larry Helm facilitated through the sponsorship of the Rome Grange to pull together four water forums, featuring a wide sector of people connected to water usage, planning and protection.  The Thursday, July 10th Water Woes IV forum was moderated by, Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws. The forum panel featured: Ed Block (Agriculture), Dave Olson (Water Systems Manager), GI James (Lummi Tribal Spokesman), and Skip Richards (Non-government Water Resource Caucus). City of Bellingham – Mayor Kelli Linville was unable to attend at the last-minute due to illness. This is a brief write-up taken from the notes I took of highlighted comments made by the panelists. In addition it is helpful to watch the Water Woes IV video (produced and provided by Whatcom Works) and also read the article published in the Cascadia Weekly on the same subject. Ed Block (Ag District Coalition): Farmers are uncertain about water leases.  They support formation of a Water Improvement District (WID). Mr. Block stated that they do not intend that the WID’s are to be a big stick for local farmers. He stated that they would be self-controlled by land owners within the WID, based on percentages of land owned. The WID would be self …

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The Incredibly Shrinking State of Wyoming

With the swoosh of their unelected wand, the Federal Government through the Environmental Protection Agency shrank the State of Wyoming by approximately half its size.  How can such an action happen in a Country being run by the Rule of Law based on United States Constitution? ~ Kris Halterman EPA Decree Shrinks Size of Wyoming by a Million Acres January 21, 2014 – 9:13 AM By Matt Vespa Subscribe to Matt Vespa RSS 1738 199   Why is the EPA altering state boundaries in Wyoming – and reversing over 100 years of established law?  Well, apparently the city of Riverton now falls under the jurisdiction of the Wind River Indian Reservation.  This, obviously, isn’t sitting well with the governor’s office – which is urging the EPA to reconsider its ruling and respect the rule of law. Reacting to the decision to reduce the size of Wyoming by about a million acres, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead warned of the dangers to all Americans of this type of unilateral land redistribution by the EPA: “I understand that the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Tribes have a different opinion about the Wind River Reservation Boundary. My deep concern is about an administrative agency …

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When will local and state authorities take action to protect Whatcom Counties land and water rights?

For any of you who have followed my conversations with Marlene Dawson, former Whatcom Count Council representative and pro-se for many litigants who are fighting to regain and retain their ability to use their property.  I received this email from Marlene today and have published it here with Marlene’s approval.  Because of Marlene’s efforts we have an obligation to hold our elected officials and government offices to fix this problem.  Is it a hot potato?  Yes, but ignoring a problem does not make it go away.  The eventuality that this issue will have to be litigated in court is obvious and unless we demand that they do so, in defense of the tax paying residents of this County and State, the problem will continue to spin out of control to the detriment of our children and grandchildren. ~  Kris Halterman From: Marlene Dawson [mailto:marlenewildblue3@aol.com] Sent: Monday, September 30, 2013 7:32 PM To: dgibson@co.whatcom.wa.us Cc: rbucking@co.whatcom.wa.us; commissioners@co.skagit.wa.us; council@co.whatcom.wa.us; dave.cook@co.yakima.wa.us; belfo@co.whatcom.wa.us; dmceachr@co.whatcom.wa.us; robc@atg.wa.gov; jlouws@co.whatcom.wa.us; kwillnau@co.whatcom.wa.us; contact.council@co.snohomish.wa.us; ericksen_do@leg.wa.gov; garyjensen@cityofferndale.org; jan.angel@leg.wa.gov; mayorsoffice@cob.org; liz.pike@leg.wa.gov; richard.debolt@leg.wa.gov; rick.larsen@mail.house.gov; rwalker@northkitsapherald.com; santaylor@cityofferndale.org; sharnash@co.steven.wa.us; vincent.buys@leg.wa.gov Subject: Re: (1) Fee to Trust article (2) my phone conversation with Interior’s Mr. Speaks Hello Dan (Dan Gibson is a Whatcom County Prosecutor): Response …

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Saturday Morning Live for August 31, 2013; “The Grand Deception,” Marlene Dawson Supporting Documents

Marlene Dawson has spent the past 38 years researching Native American treaty issues, with a lot of her focus dedicated to the problems that have arisen and continue to arise for Whatcom County citizens, both Indian and Non-Indian citizens.  Marlene has accumulated a lot of case law and letters that document her research findings and you will not find anyone that disputes that.  What you may hear are people who attempt to malign and denigrate Marlene herself for trying to clean-up the mess that the Federal, State, County and City Municipalities have created over the past 158 years, since the inception of the Point Elliott Treaty.   SML Aug 31, 2013 on KGMI: Dawson Interview Segments:        Dawson Supporting Documentation:                More Links on “The Grand Deception:”

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On the Road in a Nutshell–Along the Missouri River

We entered Montana last week over Look Out Pass, overnight in Missoula then up through Helena, out of Great Falls following the Missouri River into Fort Benton.  We are   headed to the “Hi-Line” or Highway 2 to the non natives. The grass is tall and green, the wheat is just turning golden, there is water in the low spots, and alfalfa fields filled with large rolled bales of hay.  To this old farmer it is truly lush and pleasing to the eye. What a difference good rainfalls make. On we head to Wolf Point in the north east corner of the state.  This is the bittersweet of pilgrimages.  Wonderful memories of sled rides down hills that turned out to be ancient burial mounds.  The reality of places known in childhood that are now weathered broken buildings or empty grassy prairie once again.  Memories of riding in the Saturday Parade with mom and granddad past sidewalks filled with people.  The reality that the “town” from childhood has shrunk by half and the rodeo no longer draws big names and crowds as it did in past.  Memories of afternoons spent improving a baseball swing by hitting rocks out onto and over the …

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A Bit of Cool Aid at the Water Symposium

There was a bit of cool-aid shared at last week’s water symposium regarding potential rights to the Nooksack River which need to be addressed. Lummi tribal attorney Skip Johnsen shared an incomplete history of Judge Zilly’s findings regarding the Lummi’s ground water adjudication. Zilly’s findings overturned the Boldt fisheries case thereby exposing the State’s false agreement statements used in that suit. Judge Zilly found there was no tribal “homeland” purpose. In other words, the reservation purpose was relevant to not “tribal” purposes for a permanent homeland but for individual purposes. Zilly found the purpose of the reservation to be agricultural. While Lummis argued for a fisheries purpose, Zilly found there could be no other secondary fisheries purpose because there is no mention of an exclusive fishery in the treaty. To further support this finding against a fisheries purpose, a 160 acre Donation Claim was assigned to a white settler within the reservation boundary; the lands of this claim straddled the Nooksack River. How the State manages the River resource might also best be addressed by using Goudy v. Meath 203, U.S. 146 (1906). This is a case which affirmed that once reservations are allotted in severalty, they are no longer …

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Water–Water–Everywhere–with–Nary–a–Drop–to–Drink

Continuing on our water theme, I’ve asked for Ellen Baker, Glacier Water District Commissioner, to add more perspective on the pending water resource allocation to be done by the WRIA1 – Planning Unit.  This is a copy of what Ellen sent to me for a publication soon to be put to press by the local Business Pulse Magazine.  ~ Kris Halterman Ms. Baker, Mr. Richards, Mr. Brown: I’m a reporter working on a story about water rights in Whatcom County, for Business Pulse magazine. I’d like to talk to you about it. The questions below will give you an idea where I’m headed. The subject is vast, so I will limit my scope. I expect my main sources for the story to be the Lummi Nation, and Henry Bierlink, executive director of Whatcom Farm Friends. But it would be good to include others’ voices. Would you be willing to address the questions below? Please don’t feel obliged to answer every one. I realize every question may not apply to your expertise. Ideally, I’d like to hear from you by the end of this week, or at least by Monday, April 15. It would be efficient to get your answers via …

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“Going to Pieces,” the Dismantling of the United States by Elaine Willman

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