The Lummi Tribe is hoping 2019 will be the year an orca named Tokitae is freed from captivity. Named ‘Lolita’ by Miami’s Seaquarium, the animal has lived and performed in a man-made tank since 1970. The tribe and a host of animal rights groups are putting pressure on the Seaquarium to return her to her home pod in and around Puget Sound. The push to return the orca is part of a bigger effort to bring attention to the health of the marine ecosystem that is part of the Lummi’s ancestral territory. We’ll talk with Lummi representatives and others about Tokitae and the traditional importance of orcas.
Squillehele Raynell Zuni (Lummi Tribe) – manager of the Lummi Nation Sovereignty and Treaty Protection Office
Dr. Kurt Russo – senior policy analysist for the Lummi Nation Sovereignty and Treaty Protection Office
Break 1 Music: Awita Noosisim (song) Violet Naytowhow (artist) Wind Of The North (album)
Break 2 Music: Solstice feat. Alexandria Rose Holiday (song) Neon Nativez (artist) Hózhó EP (album)