Lummi Nation

Lummi Nation, Lhaq'temish, is one of the numerous tribes of the Coast Salish Peoples. They are a federally recognized Nation by the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott and have a reservation in north Bellingham, Washington.

In 2005, through the efforts of Beth Brownfield, the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship began building a relationship with Lummi Nation. Lummi members have spoken at adult sunday forums, been part of our food bank program, conducted services and participated in a number of social and environmental events.

Some of the larger projects that BUF and Lummi have worked on together include:

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