November 2022: Celebrate Native American Heritage Month
No meeting scheduled this month; see you in January!
For several years, November has been designated as a special month of honor. Yet, while we live on the lands that for millennia have been the ancestral home of indigenous Americans, the Lummi Nation and the Nooksack Tribe, we too often have failed to hear their voices or see materials they have produced about their culture and lives.
Bellingham City Club wants to honor their voices, so our program this month can be found with the links below and on the City Club website. We invite our members and guests to spend some time reviewing and enjoying indigenous works. The following are films, videos and presentations created by local Native Americans that for some of us will be an introduction and for all of us will help increase our understanding of our neighbor’s culture.
- Western Washington University has collaborated to put together a variety of programmatic offerings to learn about Native American heritage and culture and relevant current issues. Open to the public, the offerings include lectures, discussions and music. Find details at: https://www.wwu.edu/nahm
- Children of the Setting Sun Productions (Bellingham) offers a series called “Young and Indigenous Podcast”: https://settingsunproductions.org/young-and-indigenous-podcast
- Check out Children of the Setting Sun’s video, “What About Those Promises?” YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/ChildrenSSP
- Take time to visit the ongoing exhibit at the Lightcatcher Museum: https://www.whatcommuseum.org/exhibition/people-of-the-sea-and-cedar/
- Interested in learning about Coast Salish People north of the border? https://www.indigenousbc.com/
- A truly exceptional place to learn about the history of the Coast Salish Peoples is the Hibulb Cultural Center in Marysville on the Tulalip Reservation, https://www.hibulbculturalcenter.org/
- The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a federal law that requires Indian children in the foster care system to be placed by their tribal child welfare agencies rather than the State. It allows Indian children to be raised in a tribal setting so that they know their heritage. The U.S. Supreme Court has a challenge to the ICWA on its current docket.
- Cascadia International Women’s festival is presenting an Encore screening of The Daughter of the Lost Bird. This beautiful, tender film tells the story of why this Supreme Court case is so important.
- A summary of the timeline re: ICWA can be found on the NARF website: https://narf.org/icwa-brackeen/
- Take a winter walk in downtown Bellingham and check out the two story trees (totem poles) carved by Lummi artists: https://blog.wa.aaa.com/travel/road-trips/tale-of-two-totem-poles-bellingham-washington/
- For recommended reading, go to: Bellingham Public Library Celebrates Native American Heritage Month in November – Bellingham Public Library
- A small sample of the writings of Native American Authors
- Winter in the Blood by James Welch
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie
- So How Long Have You Been Native? by Alexis Buntin
- An American Sunrise, Poems by Joy Hargrove
- Custer Died for Your Sins by Vine Deloria Jr.
Coming Jan. 25: Start Your Year on a High Note
Our speakers will tell you all you want to know about the first ten years of the legalization of marijuana and how it has affected our state.
Dr. Josh Kaplan is an Assistant Professor, Western Washington University’s Behavioral Neuroscience Program. His expertise is in neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, and animal behavior techniques, which his lab uses to study the therapeutic benefits and developmental consequences of cannabis in pre-clinical rodent models. His research seeks to optimize cannabinoid and terpene compositions to maximize benefit and minimize adverse consequences.
Dr. Kaplan earned his Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Oregon Health & Science University in 2015 under the guidance of David Rossi, Ph.D. (Washington State University) and Deb Finn, Ph.D. (OHSU). His dissertation work revealed the mechanistic link between genetic risk for alcohol abuse to underlying brain mechanisms. His work highlighted the substantial role the cerebellum plays in mediating alcohol consumption.
Dr. Kaplan joined the lab of Bill Catterall, Ph.D., at the University of Washington for his postdoctoral fellowship. At UW, he researched the therapeutic efficacy and mechanism of cannabidiol (CBD) in a pre-clinical model of epilepsy and autism. His work demonstrated that CBD reduces seizures and rescues social interaction deficits by elevating inhibitory signaling the in brain. He also identified the GPR55 receptor as an important target in CBD’s anti-epileptic effects.
At the completion of the CBD project, Dr. Kaplan joined the laboratory of Nephi Stella, Ph.D. (UW) to study ways of boosting the body’s own cannabinoid system. His work demonstrated that boosting the brain’s endogenous cannabinoid, 2-AG, by blocking one of its metabolic enzymes, can have therapeutic effects by increasing a tonically active form of brain inhibition.
Outside of the lab, Dr. Kaplan is a passionate science communicator and educator. He’s written numerous articles for websites, consulted on documentaries, and spoken internationally on topics relating to cannabis science for all types of audiences. He was included in High Times’ 100 Most Most Influential People in Cannabis in 2018 and the 2021 Edition of Cannabis Newsletter’s 100 Most Influential People in Cannabis.
He also loves to run and explore new trails.
Danielle Rosellison is the co-founder of Trail Blazin’ Productions. Licensed in 2014, Trail Blazin’ is a majority female owned company, whose upper management employees are 100% filled by minorities. For people seeking physical and emotional relief, Trail Blazin’ is the socially responsible cannabis provider of consistent and reliable medical grade products offering consumers viable alternatives to pharmaceuticals because LIFE’S GETTING BETTER. Cultivating award winning, pesticide free, medically certified, sustainably grown cannabis, Trail Blazin’ is always on the leading edge of the fast-moving cannabis industry. #cannabisismedicine
Danielle is also a board member of The Cannabis Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of a sustainable, ethical and vital cannabis industry. She spent 3 years as their first democratically elected president. When she’s not working at Trail Blazin’, she’s trying to help shape intelligent cannabis policy through appropriate government channels. The Cannabis Alliance members span from farmers, retailers, labs and ancillary businesses as well as patients, consumers and veterans. This diverse membership allows The Cannabis Alliance to take a thirty-thousand-foot view of the situation and find a solution that makes sense for the entire cannabis community, and not just one or two sectors.
On a hyper local level, Danielle has been a board member for the Association of WA Businesses, an Ambassador to the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce and has written for a variety of publications including Marijuana Venture.
In her spare time (ha!), she loves to travel, read, ski (or snowboard) and see live music with her kids and her best friend and husband, Juddy.
The Board of the Bellingham City Club has adopted the following land acknowledgement to introduce its public programs:
We begin by acknowledging, with humility, that the land where we are today is the territory of the People of the Salish Sea. Their presence is imbued in the waterways, shorelines, valleys and mountains of the traditional homelands of the Coast Salish People, and it has been this way since time immemorial.
For information about the land acknowledgement adopted by the Lummi Business Council, click here.
For a video about the Ferndale Public Schools land acknowledgement produced by Ferndale School District, Children of the Setting Sun, and the Lhaqtemish Foundation, click here.