The Lummi Blockade – check this out!

Ed and Helen Scott sent us this article, written by Tip Johnson, from the website:  “Northwest Citizen“.
It is very interesting and very long so we are posting the link to this website, rather than posting it here.  Check it out!

http://www.nwcitizen.com/entry/the-lummi-blockade

2 thoughts on “The Lummi Blockade – check this out!

  1. This is a really interesting article. I hope everyone reads it. I looked up some stuff on Native American tribal rights, and it seems clear that the government, Federal if necessary, has the ability to settle this so that our health and welfare are not risked by the Lummi Tribe cutting off access to the Gooseberry point dock. Whether or not any government entity will bother to exercise this power on behalf of a few thousand people having an interest in Lummi Island is another question. The silence of all of our elected representatives on the subject of our ferry blockade is deafening.

    I have copied an excerpt from an article I found on the internet here:

    Although Native Americans have been held to have both inherent rights and rights guaranteed, either explicitly or implicitly, by treaties with the federal government, the government retains the ultimate power and authority to either abrogate or protect Native American rights. This power stems from several legal sources. One is the power that the Constitution gives to Congress to make regulations governing the territory belonging to the United States (Art. IV, Sec. 3, Cl. 2), and another is the president’s constitutional power to make treaties (Art. II, Sec. 2, Cl. 2). A more commonly cited source of federal power over Native American affairs is the COMMERCE CLAUSE of the U.S. Constitution, which provides that “Congress shall have the Power … to regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes” (Art. I, Sec. 8, Cl. 3). This clause has resulted in what is known as Congress’s “plenary power” over Indian affairs, which means that Congress has the ultimate right to pass legislation governing Native Americans, even when that legislation conflicts with or abrogates Indian treaties. The most well-known case supporting this congressional right is Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock, 187 U.S. 553, 23 S. Ct. 216, 47 L. Ed. 299 (1903), in which Congress broke a treaty provision that had guaranteed that no more cessions of land would be made without the consent of three-fourths of the adult males from the Kiowa and Comanche tribes. In justifying this abrogation, Justice EDWARD D. WHITE declared that when “treaties were entered into between the United States and a tribe of Indians it was never doubted that the power to abrogate existed in Congress, and that in a contingency such power might be availed of from considerations of governmental policy.”

    Read more: Native American Rights – Federal Power Over Native American Rights http://law.jrank.org/pages/8749/Native-American-Rights-Federal-Power-over-Native-American-Rights.html#ixzz0dkPjzfuj

  2. I agree Anne (and Ed thanks for posting this link). This article is full of concise factual REAL information. We are all desperate to know what is going on in secret, and as Anne says, will anyone step in to ensure our rights?

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