Samish Indian Nation Chairman: Supports Initiative 1631

As I look around the beautiful land that we call home, the growing impacts of global climate change and pollution are, unfortunately, alive and well in our region. A yes on Initiative 1631 is our best chance to take a first-step and start making an impact on climate pollution.

The Samish Indian Nation is committed to serving as a leader against global climate change to create a better community for our next seven generations. Our Department of Natural Resources has seen the impact of climate change first hand. The increasing acidification of the Salish Sea has had an impact on everything that lives in or relies on the sea to survive. Sea levels around our region continue to rise. Our brothers and sisters in the J-Pod of Orcas are suffering from the declining salmon populations. All of this adds up to a sad picture for future generations.

But we can make a difference. Initiative 1631 on the November ballot is the best chance our state has to be a global leader in addressing the impacts of climate change.

As a former employee of the oil and gas industry for 30 years, I know the impact of the chemicals and toxins that are being released daily. I-1631 places a needed monetary obligation on the largest polluters and will enable more education, restoration and opportunities for the people to collectively turn the corner and start reversing the impacts of pollution. This is tied with investments in clean energy and creation of thousands of jobs.

The Samish Indian Nation’s Tribal Council is proud to give our full support and endorsement in support of I-1631. Please vote yes this November.

Tom Wooten

Chairman, Samish Indian Nation

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