Native Peoples Connections is an Action Group under the Social Justice Council.

Water Protectors attending the April 23 11:15am Service at QUUF

Water Protectors and their supporters from Port Townsend and the surrounding area were recognized at the Quimper UU Fellowship Eco Heroes Award ceremony in honor of Earth Day on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Sixty-three Water Protectors were acknowledged and many of them attended the service conducted by Rev. Florence Caplow, who traveled to Standing Rock with a small group of water protectors from QUUF. The Eco Hero Award is an annual Earth Day event conducted by the QUUF Green Sanctuary Environmental Action Group.

QUUF Events

✔  May 9, 10am to noon – Native Peoples Connections Action Group Meeting in RE 2-3. The program will include a presentation on the environmental and cultural impact of the Statesman’s Group Black Point/Pleasant Harbor Resort development by the Brinnon Group, a community group, and representatives from the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe. There will be a short business meeting afterwards.  Please RSVP barbarablair@mac.com so we can be sure to set up the room to accommodate everyone.  NPCAG meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month except July and August.

✔  May 21 1:30 to 3pm – UU White Supremacy Teach-in led by Rev. Florence Caplow.  QUUF Fellowship Hall.  Sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall.

✔  June 9, 6 to 9pm – AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock, documentary film directed by Myron Dewey and Josh Fox.  Documentary presented by Green Sanctuary Environmental Action Group.  Pay what you can.  No one turned away.

Community Events

✔  May 5, 7pm – PT City Council Chambers, “UPON WHOSE LAND WE STAND” FIRST FRIDAY JCHS LECTURE. Our greater Port Townsend history is often understood through the eyes of Euro-American settlers.   Barb Laski, founder of Harmony’s Way and the adult course, Honoring Our Local Tribes, will portray our early history to integrate native peoples.

✔  May 6th – SKY HOUSE CONCERT SERIES – Cavegreen eco-prayer electronica, Abakis, Systemic Oppression Workshop by Zhaleh Amlaee and Standing Rock Prisoner Letter Writing.  Systematic Oppression 101:  Systematic Oppression (S.O.) is the historic, institutional, and societal disempowerment / marginalization of a social group (“targets”) by another group (“agents”) or society as a whole.
5:30pm doors open
6pm Social Justice Workshop and Potluck
7pm Music
Tickets at the door: Suggested Donation $5 – $20, no one turned away.
21 Deer Ridge Drive, Port Townsend, WA 98368

 Wednesday, May 10, 6 to 7:30pm at Red Cedar Hall Community Center on the Jamestown S’Klallam Campus – Vince Redhouse, Navajo musician and two-time Grammy nominee, will perform music from his latest release, “Songs of the Earth: Meditations of Love and Nature”.  Vince has recorded albums from classical to Jazz using Native American flute and saxophone.

✔  Thursday, May 11 or Friday, May 12, 3 to 4pm – Organizational meeting for our North Olympic Peninsula Orca Pod.  NOP raises awareness at Climate and Environmental events dressed in Orca costumes to call attention to the perilous conditions in the Salish Sea and dwindling number of resident Orcas.   Contact Jo Blair for more information at 360-385-5999 or barbarablair@mac.com.

✔  Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30pm – Stories from Standing Rock at Jefferson County Library.  Hear stories about personal experiences at Standing Rock from local community members:  Terry DuBeau, Jennimae Hillyard, Sabrina McQuillen Hill, and Gary Buckman.

✔  May 18, 5:30pm – Suquamish Museum Movie Night. Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that radically changes its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families.  For more information or a reservation contact Ashley Weller at 360-394-7123 or aweller@suquamish.nsn.us

✔  Saturday, May 20: 11am to 5pm – Coupeville, WA, Penn Cove Water Festival. Penn Cove saw its first Water Festival back in 1930.  http://www.penncovewaterfestival.com 

✔  Thursday, May 25 – Sunday, May 28. Walk 4 the Salish Sea! Starts Thursday, May 25 in Victoria and culminates in Burnaby at the Kinder Morgan Westridge Terminal on Sunday, May 28.  It’s time to Pull Together and walk the talk on indigenous rights, climate justice and protecting our coast.  Walk in solidarity with 22 municipalities, 59 First Nations and hundreds of thousands of BC citizens opposed to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline.  More info at http://walk4salishsea.ca/    Contact Jo Blair for more information at 360-385-5999 or barbarablair@mac.com.

✔  Week of July 23, Fort Worden.  Intertribal Canoe Journey landing.

Resources
To stay abreast of local events and tribal events open to the general public resources include:
Pacific Northwest Standing Rock Support – Lois Barnett, Amber Jones and others
EmailFacebook Page

Standing Rock Jefferson County – Carmen Bitzer

For more details about local Tribal news and events check these websites:
Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
Suquamish Tribe
Makah Tribe
Quileute Tribe
Quinault Indian Nation
Lummi Nation