Lummi elders: “Free our Relative!” Save endangered orca held captive at Miami Seaquarium

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Hi Everyone! Earth Law Center thanks you for your continued support! The mission to bring Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut home to the Salish Sea is ever-evolving, and we could use your help again.  We have launched a Social Media Challenge! The competition ends on August 5th, 2021  There is a Cash Prize for getting a retweet/share by a celebrity with the most followers! $500 first place, $250 to second place, and $100 to our third place winners! Help bring the captive orca Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (also known as Tokitae or Lolita) home to the Salish Sea!  We want to activate the positive power of social media to help convince the Miami Seaquarium to get on side with the Indigenous-led campaign to bring Sk'aliCh'elh-tenaut home in a good way.  Get a celebrity (or anybody with millions of followers) to retweet or share your post, and you just may help convince the Miami Seaquarium to say “yes” to partnering with us. Here’s how: Send out a tweet sharing Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut’s story and/or inviting Miami Seaquarium to help us bring Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut home to the Salish Sea! (use our one-click tweet generator below!)  Send out one of our sample tweets, or create your own.  Make sure to conclude the tweet with our hashtag #SalishSeaDaughter so we can track the progress!Your goal is to get a ‘celebrity' with the most followers to retweet (or reshare your post on Facebook or Instagram). The competition will end on August 5th, 2021. So get tweeting, and we will announce the winners of our cash prizes on August 8th!  Twitter Tips: If you upload a photo to your tweet, you can tag up to 10 accounts! Tag your favorite celebrities for the contest as well as @parquesreunidos   Sample Tweets: I support the return of Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (aka #Tokitae / #Lolita), an endangered Southern Resident orca, from the #MiamiSeaquarium to the Salish Sea. She has been held captive in a small tank in Miami for over 50 years. #SalishSeaDaughterClick to send this tweet! I join the call to return Sk’aliCh’ehl-tenaut, from #MiamiSeaquarium to the Salish Sea and her Lummi family. Miami Seaquarium and their parent companies—Palace Entertainment, Parques Reunidos, and EQT—can still do the right thing. #SalishSeaDaughterClick to send this tweet! We must return the orca Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (aka #Tokitae or #Lolita) from the @MiamiSeaquarium to the Salish Sea. She is a sacred relative of the Lummi people and has been held in a small tank for 50 years. * Petition: https://bit.ly/2TmrQbV #SalishSeaDaughter Click to send this tweet! I invite the @MiamiSeaquarium and parent companies to partner with the Lummi matriarchs & bring Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut home. #upholdindigenousrights #SalishSeaDaughter Click to send this tweet!  Celebrity Suggestions: We know participating in a challenge like this can be intimidating, so we want to help out by providing some celebrities you might want to try and reach out to. Here are some celebs we know love animals, let’s get them on board together!  Tweet At: Leonardo DiCaprio @LeoDiCaprio Drew Barrymore @DrewBarrymore  Richard O’Barry @RichardOBarry Mark Ruffalo @MarkRuffalo  Maisie Williams @Maisie_Williams Hayden Panettiere @haydenpanettier Ellen Degeneres @TheEllenShow Jon Stewart @jonstewart Kristen Bell @KristenBell Channing Tatum @channingtatum Emma Watson @EmmaWatson Michelle Rodriguez @MrodOfficial  Krysten Ritter @Krystenritter Ryan Reynolds @VancityReynolds Snoop Dogg @SnoopDogg Pat Benatar @benatargiraldo Niki Taylor @NikiTaylorInc Harry Styles @Harry_Styles Josh  Groban @joshgroban Willie Nelson @WillieNelson Kelly Slater @kellyslater Janet Jackson @JanetJackson Jean-Claude Van Damme @JCVD Robert Downey Jr @RobertDowneyJr Halle Berry @halleberry Van Jones @VanJones68  Background: Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (also known in captivity as Tokitae or Lolita) was taken from her Southern Resident Orca family in the Salish Sea when she was just a few years old. She has been held at Miami Seaquarium for 51 years.The Lummi Nation is a Native American sovereign nation in northwest Washington State. The Lhaq’temish people of the Lummi Nation have lived on and by the Salish Sea since time immemorial. The Lhaq’temish term for orca is qwe’lhol’mechen, which means “the relations that live under the water.” Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut is family. Right now, there is a campaign spearheaded by two Lhaq’temish matriarchs to bring  Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut home to the Salish Sea. This campaign is supported by international Indigenous leaders, faith and environmental organizations, elected officials, and citizens. These matriarchs commissioned the world’s leading experts to draft a comprehensive plan to bring her home in a safe, responsible way.  Her Xwlemi Tokw (Lummi Home) in the Salish Sea will be in a safe and protected area, allowing her to receive any care that she might need on an ongoing basis. Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut was captured in 1970 when Western science knew little about orcas. Western science now knows that captivity is bad for orcas and that captive orcas can be rehabilitated to live in natural environments.  When you know better, do better: we want the Miami Seaquarium to work with us to bring Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut home to the Salish Sea in a good way. Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut still sings the song her mother taught her when she was young. She knows who she is and where she belongs. Her mother is still alive and swimming in the Salish Sea. Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut is her only surviving child. Bringing Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut home is a way we can right a wrong. Bringing Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut home will help heal her, her mother, her family, the Lhaq’temish people, and the Salish Sea. Bringing Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut home is a way to recognize and uphold Indigenous rights.It’s her right and time to come home. She’s earned it.

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