Solidarity with Original Nations and Peoples

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Join us for a week of dialogue with the sovereign people of the Lummi Nation in Washington State. During our time together we will discuss Lummi history, culture and the broken promises that characterize U.S. policy towards Original Nations, and will learn about the Lummi Nation’s leadership in the struggle to protect land, air and water from the ravages of the extraction industry.

This program is for anyone wishing to better understand the history of US – Original Nations relations, the injustices confronting native people within North America, and the ways Original Nations are organizing, particularly for climate justice. We will pay particular attention to how individuals and UU communities can be in right relation with Original Nations and People.

During our time together we will:

  • Visit important sites and programs within Lummi Nation
  • Meet with Lummi leaders, activists, and department staff
  • Learn more about becoming allies in the struggle for climate justice
  • Explore the Christian Doctrine of Discovery and its impact on Original Nations
  • Discuss the impacts of Federal Indian policies, acts, and practices on the Lummi people
  • Meet with members of the Bellingham UU Fellowship’s Native American Connections Committee
  • Sing, reflect and celebrate our time together!

Hear about last year’s trip from the participants themselves here!

Register now!

Upcoming Trips
  • Open Enrollment: Nearly all of our trips are open to individuals even if you are not a member of the congregation named in the trip description. If you are interested in joining a any of our trips, please contact us at so we can tell you more.
  • Solidarity with Original Nations and Peoples: Open Enrollment — April 25 to May 1

Pricing does not including transportation to Bellingham, Washington. Your fee covers all food, lodging, local transportation, and program staff as well as an honorarium to our partner.

UUCSJ is committed to making our programs accessible to all regardless of their financial situation. Financial aid is available for up to 50% of program costs based on need and is awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Please fill out the financial aid request section of the program application.

For additional fundraising we recommend that participants use Faithify, the Unitarian Universalist crowd funding website, which can help either congregations or individuals raise money to cover their costs.

If you are interested in a future program with the Lummi Nation, please contact us here.


[hidden]Upcoming Open Congregational Trips[/hidden]

[hidden]If you are interested in organizing your own congregational group to work with the Lummi Tribe, please see our page on congregational trips.[/hidden]

Our Partner

The Lummi Nation Service Organization (LNSO) has a mission to “protect and improve the health and quality of life for the people of the Lummi Nation by supporting and strengthening programs, projects and special initiatives—especially those organized to promote social well-being, education, culture and civic purposes.” The Lummi Nation Service Organization was chartered by the Lummi Nation as a non-profit organization and adopted into tribal law in 1997.


An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

UUCSJ’s Study Guide, a resource for cross-cultural engagement

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[hidden]Beth Brownfield is a friend of Lummi Nation and has been an ally to the Native American Community since the 1970s. She was instrumental in bringing the resolution to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery to the 2012 UUA General Assembly. She currently resides in Bellingham, Washington where she is a member of the UU Fellowship.

Rev. Katherine Jesch is a community minister affiliated with First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon.[/hidden]

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Heather Vickery is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with UU congregations, State Action Networks, past UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) program participants, and regional staff in order to expand engagement in UUSC and UUCSJ’s work. As the Coordinator for Congregational Activism, she manages the workshop offerings and group visits to the UUSC/UUCSJ office and assists with communications for the Activism and Justice Education Team. Heather is an active member of the Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network and a dedicated dog-mom to her rescue puppy Nova.

Heather may be contacted at and 617-301-4303