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Stand with Northwest Tribes to restore the Snake River and its salmon - July 15 at 9 am. 

1The House of Tears Carvers, the Nez Perce Tribe and Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment cordially invite you to their Totem Pole blessing ceremony on Thursday, July 15th, 2021 at Chief Timothy State Park (near Clarkston, WA)

 Details for the Red Road to D.C.'s event to honor the Snake River and restore its endangered salmon:

  • What: A blessing ceremony and public event hosted by the Nez Perce Tribe, Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment and Lummi Nation's House of Tears Carvers - as part of the first stop on the Red Road to D.C. Totem Pole Journey (Facebook Event Page)
  • Where: Chief Timothy State Park on the banks of the lower Snake River (near Clarkston, WA) 
  • When: Thursday, July 15, 2021: Blessing ceremony 9 am - 11:30 am, followed by lunch - 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
    This event is free and open to the public.

Background on the Red Road to D.C.: This July, the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation are transporting a 24-foot totem pole from Washington State to Washington D.C.. It’s called the Red Road to D.C. As this totem pole travels across the country, it will draw lines of connection - honoring, uniting and empowering communities working to protect sacred places. In this current moment of self-reflection across the United States and the acknowledgment of past and present injustices inflicted on Native Peoples and lands without consent, they invite all peoples to stand united with them to protect sacred places, and fulfill ancestral and historic obligations to the First Peoples of these lands and waters.

Restoring the lower Snake River by removing its four federal dams is critical for protecting its endangered salmon from extinction and rebuilding healthy, abundant populations. The importance of healthy salmon populations and upholding our nation’s responsibilities to Tribes will be highlighted on July 15 as part of this national journey. Other sites on the Red Road itinerary include Bears Ears in Utah, Chaco Canyon in New Mexico and the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Totem Pole will arrive in Washington, D.C. on July 28 for three days of events, ceremonies and meetings.

For more information about the July 15 event on lower Snake River, contact:
Carrie Herrman, SOS:
Morgan Chaffee, NPTE:

Send an email message to your senators here:

You can also follow this link to send a pre-written, editable letter to Senators Murray/Cantwell or Wyden/Merkley. Follow up your phone call with an email to help reinforce your message!


Here's a listing of links for contacting Northwest public officials. You can also send emails to these electeds officials directly through their websites.

Finally, here are some links to articles with information about the plight of salmon, orcas, and tribal and non-tribal fishing communities and the Red Road to D.C. – and the opportunity right now for us to show our support for Northwest Tribes and work with them to push for a comprehensive salmon plan that works for all of us.

Visit and share widely this Facebook event page

The Red Road to D.C. website

Washington Post article about the Red Road Project.

Seattle Times: NW tribes unite over GOP congressman’s pitch to breach down Snake River dams (May 27)

Lewiston Morning Tribune: Northwest tribes unite behind breaching concept (May 27)


This project is supported by Earth Ministry, Endangered Species Coalition, Save Our wild Salmon Coalition, Sierra Club, Spokane Riverkeeper, Rios to Rivers, Idaho Conservation League, Great Old Broad for Wilderness, and Washington Environmental Council/Washington Conservation Voters


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