Midnight Madness Trading Society:
The more things change
the more they stay the same. Standing Rock was an excellent
example where "say one thing and do another' was never more
apparent. If you access the link below it becomes apparent that
the protests about the pipeline were also pleas for fuel
contributions. Accountability was also lacking in the
"ecology" department - aka; garbage pickup
Closer to home near
Union, there was a recent tribal pick at the Blue Heron condominium
complex in accordance with the "usual and accustomed"
tribal treaty rights and cultural traditions.
Gold Coast was approached by several tribal individualsand non tribal family members to buy
product "under the table". In the considerable noise
and mayhem that night the folks on the beach were not just limited to
tribal members but any members of the family, tribal or not, that
wanted to do the work.
Was anybody really
counting? How thorough and complete was the tagging of the
product? The tribe insists they are 'self
governing' - really?
What is consistent are
1. Gold Coast has
been negiotating with the tribe for an
operating agreement for three years and the tribe continues to change
the playing field and interpretation of the 2008 Shellfish
2. The tribe does not
act on opportunties to work their
"share" of identified properties we have identified for
them. Properties have been put on hold for as long as four
years. We now realize that the tribe will only operate on their
terms and in their own timeframe on these private properties.
beaches are no longer considered "cultivated" anymore.
Did somebody change the Federal Shellfish Implementaton
This spring we finally
established some sense of clarity with this proposal we received from
Skokomish legal. Somehow we thought a
tactical plan, properly supervised and managed, would work for all.
We were wrong! Click on the link below!
Read this link carefully!
OK, so what is this telling us?
1. Your tidelands are not yours any more. They
want to subpoena neighbors about how you use the beach and
potentially claim to previous cultivated product. They want to
take your shellstock that typically can be
used to attract re-seed and take it.
2. They want to employ their interpretation of a
"proxy survey". This is where the "best" portion
of the beach is applied unilaterally to all sections of your
tideland. Half is not really "half".
3. The final point of interest is the closing
statement of the proposal where their preference would be for the
state to agree to a "global takeover" of private beaches.
Less work that way and you don't have to deal with beach
This sheer presumptive arrogance flies in the face of
the fact that property owners pay the taxes, take the liability, and
by deed own the property. More than once this spring, we've been
informed that "the tribe will determine their half", and
that any opposition will result in a prompt lawsuit.
As long as our state agencies pander to the tribes and as long
as the public chooses to accept what comes, the sooner our private
beaches will be a thing of the past. So
do you care?
What is not as publially
stated is the alternative solution: "
Save us the work of us taking you to federal court and
simply pay us off. Yes, folks, that's called
State agencies are equally fearful of lawsuits.
It is easier to capitulate than get sued. It really does
not matter that the tax paying public are the ones that are being
But wait, there's more! Any Mason County
taxpayer, especially those on the water, might be wondering about the
relentless rise in property taxes. Investigation reveals that
indeed the Skokomish tribe does not have to pay for their fire and
Folks, the only way this landscape changes is to take your property back. It starts
with knowing what your rights are under the law and not 'presuming'
what the truth is. You need to make your opinions known to
our elected officials
Make your dollars count. If you disagree with
the tone of the tribal "entitlements" then quit going to
the tribal casino and the tribal convenience store. Most
importantly, write your elected officials and insist on redress.
We''re not talking prejudice here
we're just talking about an even playing field and
protection of private property.