Read ‘Fish-farming company offered money for Lummi Nation’s silence about net pens, letters show’ (Seattle Times, 12.10.2017).
Fish-farming company offered money for Lummi Nation’s silence about net pens, letters show Cooke Aquaculture offered the Lummi Nation a premium price for the fish it caught that had escaped from Cooke pens, in exchange for keeping silent about a ban on net pen Atlantic salmon farms in Washington. The tribe called the offer “insulting.”
[…] The tribe tartly rejected the offer. “Your demand to keep quiet for a few extra dollars is insulting,” Timothy Ballew II, chairman of the Lummi Indian Business Council, responded in a Sept. 14 letter. Nell Halse, vice president for communications for Cooke, said Wednesday the offer “was not an attempt to muzzle or insult the Lummi Nation, but rather an effort to negotiate toward common ground and respect the interests and concerns of both parties at the table …”
The Seattle Times also shows excerpts of the September 13, 2017, offer/letter sent by CEO Glenn Cooke, to Timothy Ballew II (chairman of the Lummi Indian Business Council) offering to pay $42 per fish, instead of the ‘normal’ $30. Ballew turned down the offer on September 14…