2015 Program


Proposed Agenda – April 23, 2015 


Wednesday, April 29 

8:30 AM Registration/Continental Breakfast 

9:30 AM Host Tribe Welcome and Blessing 

Lul-hal-mun (Timothy Ballew II), Lummi Nation Chairman

10:00 – 10:10 Conference Overview 

Fran Wilshusen and Darrell Phare, NWIFC

10:10 – 10:30 Keynote: Treaty Rights at Risk: Call to Action – Defining Our Future 

Elden Hillaire, Lummi Nation

10:30 – 12:15 Understanding the Challenges of TodayModerator: Jeremy Freimund, Lummi Nation

Environmental Baselines

  • Salmon and Shellfish Habitat
  • Contaminated Site Clean-up in Bellingham Bay

Ecosystem Function and Connectivity

  • Predicting Dike Breaches for Tidal Marsh Restoration
    W. Gregory Hood, Skagit River System Cooperative
  • Dungeness River Floodplain Restoration and Levee Setback
    Randy Johnson, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

Climate Change

  • Experiences with Addressing Climate Change Impacts on the Nooksack River
    Oliver Grah, Nooksack Indian Tribe
  • Detecting Ocean Acidification in Neah Bay
    Yongwen Gao, Makah Tribe
  • Air Quality and Climate Change
    Tony Basabe, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

12:15 – 1:45 Lunch Buffet 

  • Blessing: Lummi Nation School’s Blackhawk Singers
  • Presentation: Acknowledging the Past – Tribal Resources, Places, and Connections
    Ed Johnstone, Quinault Indian Nation
  • Opportunity to view posters
  • Farewell: Lummi Nation School’s Blackhawk Singers

1:45 – 3:00 Working to Meet ChallengesModerator: Jim Weber, NWIFC

  • Protecting Tribal Water Rights
    Jeremy Freimund, Lummi Nation
  • Using the FEMA Biological Opinion for Floodplain Protection
    Tim Hyatt, Skagit River System Cooperative
  • Peak Flows and Floodplain Protection in the Stillaguamish Watershed
    Jason Griffith, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

3:00 – 3:30 Break and Poster Session 

3:30 – 4:30 Engaging Partnerships for ChangeModerator: Jim Peters, NWIFC

  • Puget Sound Leadership Council Participation
    Russ Hepfer, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
  • Implementation of the Culvert Case
    Ned Currence, Nooksack Tribe
  • Collaborative Low Flow Study
    Tyson Waldo, NWIFC

4:30 – 5:00 Wrap Up: Synthesis of Themes and Directions 

Mike Grayum, NWIFC

6:00 – 7:00 Dinner (Event Center South)

  • Blessing
  • Buffet
  • Opportunity to network

7:00 – 8:15 Screening of Back to the River (Event Center South)

Thursday, April 30 

9:00 AM Registration/Continental Breakfast 

9:30 – 10:10 Xwe’ chi’ eXen (Cherry Point): Protecting Lummi Natural and Cultural Heritage

Lul-hal-mun (Timothy Ballew II), Lummi Nation Tribal Chairman and Sle-lh’x elten (Jeremiah Jay Julius), Lummi Nation Secretary

10:10 – 10:30 Overview of Vessel Traffic Risk Assessment Study for the Proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal Project                    

Scott Davis, Lummi Nation

10:30 – 11:00 Break and Poster Session 

11:00 – 3:00 Field Trip: Standing Together for Cherry Point
Rain or shine–dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes
Transportation provided (parking is limited)


  • Traditional lunch on the beach hosted by Lummi Nation
  • Sharing Ancestral History and Knowledge of Xwe’ chi’eXen (Cherry Point)
    Chief Tsi’li’xw (Bill James), Lummi Nation Hereditary Chief
  • Reef Net Presentation with a scale model of traditional reef net gear
    Matt Warbus
  • Direct Action/Press Event
    Lummi will be available for Q&A with attending press representatives

Approximate end time is 3:00. If you need to leave by a specific time, please plan on driving separately.