State of Washington City and Tribal Leaders Form Coalition Against Coal Trains

AP Story here.

Early this month, the Sierra Club and other conservation groups sent a 60-day notice of intent to sue to coal companies. The groups intend to file in federal court against the companies for violating the Clean Water Act. Stories on the notice are here and here.

The most recent previous post on this subject is here.

NNBA Supports DOJ Investigation into Killing of Ditidaht Carver

The statement from the National Native American Bar Association can be found here. An excerpt:

The National Native American Bar Association (NNABA) condemns the killing of John T. Williams by a Seattle Police officer in August of 2010. Williams was a talented Ditidaht First Nations carver who for many years endured the significant challenges facing homeless Native people in Seattle. His killing has outraged the Tribal community and raised serious concerns about equal justice and Seattle Police Department accountability.

The following is a story about the investigation from earlier this month in the Seattle Times:

Two Seattle police officers have agreed to cooperate in the FBI’s investigation into the fatal shooting of woodcarver John T. Williams by a former officer, but only after they were subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury, according to police officials.


The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI are investigating whether Birk violated Williams’ civil rights.

The federal review into the shooting is separate from the Justice Department’s broad civil-rights investigation of the Police Department announced in March. That federal investigation is focused on allegations related to use-of-force and biased policing.