The Sacred Lands Conservancy 501c3 dba Sacred Sea is an Indigenous-led non-profit committed to promoting ancestral knowledge and practices for the protection and revitalization of the the waters, culture, life, and sacred sites of the Salish Sea.

Tah-Mahs Ellie Kinley

Sacred Lands Conservancy President Tah-Mahs Ellie Kinley is a mother, a fisherman, and an enrolled Lummi tribal member. Every generation of her family since time immemorial has fished the Salish Sea. In her work to protect the life and waters of her people’s traditional territory, she has testified before US and Canadian governmental agencies, worked for Lummi Nation’s Sovereignty and Treaty Protection Office, and currently serves as an elected member of Lummi Nation’s Fisheries and Natural Resources Commission. She is a founding and current board member of both the Whatcom Commercial Fisherman’s Association and SeaFeast.  Photo by Damon Winter for the New York Times “Salmon People” article.

Squil-le-he-le Raynell Morris

​Vice-President Squil-le-he-le Raynell Morris is a mother, grandmother, and an enrolled Lummi tribal member. As Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs under President Clinton, Raynell was the first Native American staffer appointed to the White House, and has served as Chief of Staff for the Chairman of Lummi Nation. At Lummi Nation’s Sovereignty and Treaty Protection Office, she was a key strategist in the successful campaign to block a proposal to build North America’s largest coal port on Lhaq’temish (Lummi) sacred ground. You may reach Raynell directly at Photo by Damon Winter for the New York Times “Salmon People” article.

Julie Trimingham

Secretary/Treasurer Julie Trimingham is a mother, writer, filmmaker, and communications strategist dedicated to the Salish Sea and to supporting Indigenous and indigenized stewardship thereof. She first became involved with Lummi Nation during the fight to protect Xwe’chi’eXen (Cherry Point) from the massive proposed coal port, when she created the “pop-up” non-profit, publicity campaign, and website Subsequently, she was honored to work for the Sovereignty and Treaty Protection Office of Lummi Nation for several years.

Protect and Revitalize the Salish Sea

Your tax-deductible donations to Sacred Lands Conservancy 501(c)(3) doing business as Sacred Sea​ directly supports the Salish Sea Campaign and the work to bring Sk'aliCh'elh-tenaut (Tokitae/Lolita) home. Hy’shqe!




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