Musician Katherine Paul, who grew up on the Swinomish reservation, identifies as queer and indigenous. An interview of her was aired on NPR yesterday.
Here’s a link to watch the Conference live: www.doi.gov/live [or try here] I understand from friends at Swinomish that Swinomish Chairman Brian Cladoosby will be introducing President Obama at 1:30 EST. However, there have been a lot of corrections to the time of the introduction, so no guarantees on the time.
The earlier post on the conference is here: https://turtletalk.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/president-obama-announces-2012-white-house-tribal-nations-conference/
The pole was carved by Kevin Paul, a Swinomish artist. The event is Monday, April 16, at 2:30. Further information is here.
The district court held that the Skagit County Dike District No. 22 violated the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act in the construction of tide gates in the Skagit River delta that injured salmon habitat. The case is Swinomish Indian Tribal Community v. Skagit County Dike Dist. No. 22 (opinion here).