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Third Largest Tribe In Washington Embarks On Totem Pole Journey

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 TOPPENISH, WA.- Many gathered from the Yakama Nation Tribe today to celebrate their heritage and join the Lummi Tribe in their 2,500 mile journey across the United States to stop coal export proposals.

A member of the Lummi Tribe, Jewel James, told us. "it was an activation of a mutual political voice to protect our land and water and damages that coal will bring."

Jewel explained to us that this journey was a way to unite tribes across the nation and remind them of the importance that nature and clean air and water has in our society.

     the Lummi Tribe brought with them a 19 foot totem pole that was specifically designed for this journey to symbolize the voice that western communities have against coal exports in their land.

"We're hoping by making these stops that were able to awaken more people and get them active," Jewel told us.

The Yakama Nation and Lummi Tribe held several motivational talks on what each community can do to help in their area.

 The members of the Lummi Tribe even brought along a mural that they've transported to each stop on their journey so far. 

  Every member of the tribe was able to leave their artistic imprint of what their community and nature means to them on the mural.

"This mural is a very special and interesting process, it's a collective collaboration where each person can participate in anyway they'd like to," Lummi tribe member Nati Garcia told us.

The Lummi Tribe told me the energy at the ceremony today was incredible and they're looking forward to the next leg of the totem pole journey.

 The totem pole journey will continue through Washington and unto other areas in the Pacific Northwest.

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