The Chief’s Pole: Welcome Program and Blessing

Sep. 22, 2022 I 10 – 11:30 AM I Pittsburgh, PA

A Totem Pole Journey Event for Earth, Sky and Water Protectors

Join us as we welcome an inter-tribal delegation of Indigenous artists and activists who have traveled from the Pacific Northwest to the 13th Clean Energy Ministerial in Pittsburgh, PA with a 14′ totem pole. A program of speakers, ceremony and song is open to the public.

Thursday, September 22nd, 10 AM
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh

The Totem Pole Journey is the latest of more than a dozen journeys made by the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation over the past 20 years to educate and advocate for the protection of Mother Earth and all her inhabitants.

This journey is dedicated to communities in Appalachia and around the world who are on the front lines of fossil fuel-based energy extraction and environmental devastation, and to the growing movement of Earth, Sky and Water Protectors working to advance truly clean energy solutions and hasten a just transition away from fossil fuels and false solutions.


  • Douglas James (Lummi)
  • Siamel’wit James (Lummi)
  • Freddie Lane (Lummi)
  • Sadie Olsen (Lummi)
  • Rueben George (Tsleil-Waututh)
  • Cedar George (Tsleil-Waututh)
  • Esther Yazzie-Lewis (Diné)
  • Brayden Sonny White (Akwesasne Mohawk)
  • Degawëno:da’s (Seneca)