Larry Chexanexwh and Ellie (Solomon) Tah Mahs Kinley are Lummi Nation tribal members, life-long fishers, and community leaders. Both Larry and Ellie come from a long line of fishers and tribal leaders, and are deeply rooted in the waters of the Salish Sea. As fishers, they are dedicated to exercising their sovereign rights and practicing their traditional ways of life. Larry and Ellie, together with their two sons, Kyle and Luke, are the co-owners of the reef-net boat, Spirit of Sxwo’le and the purse seiner, The Salish Sea.
In their talk, they will reflect on the many changes of the Salish Sea over time, and the importance of inter-generational transfer of knowledge. In addition, they will discuss their role in revitalizing tribal reef-net fishing and the contemporary issues facing the Lummi Tribal community -- including the most recent Atlantic Salmon spill.
Larry is the former Chairman of the Lummi Nation, and served on the Lummi Indian Business Council for 18 years. Larry is also the founding member of the Northwest Indian College Foundation and is the current President, serving in that role since 1988. In addition, he currently serves on two other boards, the National Center for Indian Enterprise Development, and the Lummi Commercial Company.
Ellie serves as a Fish Commissioner for the Lummi Nation and is deeply involved in Natural Resources protection. Ellie was recently awarded the 2017 Environmental Heroes Award through RESources for Sustainable Communities for her deep and abiding respect for the natural, cultural, and historical importance of the Salish Sea. Specifically, her work in fighting to protect Cherry Point (Xwe’chi’eXen) and stopping the Coal Train and Shipping Terminal were noted in her award nomination.
Most recently, the Kinley family was instrumental in breaking the news about the Atlantic Salmon spill -- being one of the first fishers to catch the Atlantic Salmon, document their persistence, and voice the issue to the public.
Larry and Ellie Kinley will also be speaking as part of the Salish Sea Speaker Series:
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
12:00 - 2:00 (Free Lunch Provided)
Northwest Indian College
Log Building - - Cultural Learning Center, bldg. 7a
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