Northwest Tribe Says Proposed Coal Terminal Would Be ‘Like Putting A Freeway Inside The Reservation’

Posted by Mike Confino, January 7, 2015

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A Pacific Northwest tribe with fishing rights dating to the mid-19th century has sharply escalated a battle over a proposed coal export terminal near its northwest Washington reservation, urging the federal Army Corps of Engineers to reject the facility as a threat to their longstanding treaty rights.

In a letter to the Corps, Lummi Nation Chairman Tim Ballew II said the proposed Gateway Pacific terminal planned for construction at Cherry Point, WA would harm fishing grounds that are a vital economic and cultural resource for the nearly 5,000 members of his tribe.

via Northwest Tribe Says Proposed Coal Terminal Would Be ‘Like Putting A Freeway Inside The Reservation’ | ThinkProgress.

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