• Quinault Nation Declares State of Emergency

    Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Indian Nation, declared a state of emergency Tuesday night due to a breach in the Taholah seawall and destruction of a smokehouse, other outbuildings and properties in the lower village. The damage was caused by high waves and intense winds. A press release from the Tribe said Sharp is […]

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  • Quinault Indian Nation Says Quebec “Could Have Been Hoquiam”

    TAHOLAH, Wash. – The Quinault Indian Nation has released a statement on the recent train wreck in Quebec Canada, President Fawn Sharp said “Five people killed, 40 missing, many more injured, a city nearly destroyed and untold environmental damage. This is what they call safe? Yes, this all took place with the oil train derailment in Quebec this week end. But it could have easily been Hoquiam,”

    “The Quinault Nation continues to oppose the expansion of the Westway Terminals’ Port of Grays Harbor facility to handle shipments of crude oil. We consider such an expansion a violation of federally protected treaty rights and a violation of good stewardship and common sense,” she said. “The risk is not worth a few more, unsustainable jobs. Far too much is at stake, and there is simply no way oil train proponents can pass the straight face test and tell us that their proposal is safe. Lives are at stake. Fish and wildlife resources. Water quality and much, much more. These are the same type of rail cars that will come pouring through our area, and unquestionably threaten the lives and safety of our people and resources,” she said.

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  • Quinault Indian Nation committee adopts anti-coal stance

    TAHOLAH, Wash. – The Quinault Indian Business Committee has passed a resolution opposing proposals to export coal from the Pacific Northwest. The resolution, passed Monday, specifically addresses a proposal to transport coal by rail from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming through Washington State for export from Cherry Point in Anacortes. There are other locations in Washington and British Columbia under consideration, including Longview, said Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Indian Nation.

    “This resolution is a strong statement by the Quinault Nation and demonstrates its commitment to protect and promote the health, safety and general welfare of our people,” said Sharp, who is also President of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians. “We have determined that the coal trains are detrimental to the health of our people and to the natural resources of our region, and thus in violation of our treaty-protected rights,” she said.

    “We have serious concerns about the long-term effects of pollution caused by burning coal from Asian countries, many of which lack the pollution standards we are used to within the United States. Emissions from coal-fired plants have the potential to further threaten our oceans and fisheries, already severely impacted by the acidification of the water, added Sharp.

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  • Aberdeen Liquor Store Sells to Interesting Buyer

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The rights to Aberdeen’s only independent liquor Store sold for just over $95-thousand, and the winning bidder, is a Quinault Indian Nation executive.
    Myrna Figg, Accounting Manager for the Nation is listed as the winning bidder for the Aberdeen location on Heron street.

    When contacted, Figg replied that “The Quinault Nation policy is the Quinault Nation President is the spokesperson for the media.” President Fawn Sharp was unavailable for comment this morning.

    The state Liquor Control Board announced on Monday the winners for exclusive rights to apply for liquor licenses at each store’s current location. The properties will be exempt from a new law that requires new liquor stores to measure 10,000 square feet or more.

    The winning bidders still need to secure a lease with the landlord because the state does not own the individual properties. If they can’t get a lease, they can sell the rights or apply for a liquor license at a different location within a mile of the existing store. The state’s new privatization law goes into effect June 1st.

    The Ocean Shores store sold for $205,000.00, all other stores in Grays Harbor county are contracted, and were not included in the auction of 167 stores statewide.

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