Please join us on October, 11th, 2016 at Northwest Indian College for the quarterly Salish Sea Speaker Series. Distinguished guest speaker, Timothy Ballew, Senior of the Lummi Nation, will discuss the changes of the Salish Sea over the course of five generations, particularly changes in fishing.
Timothy Ballew Sr.
Timothy J. Ballew Sr. is a member of the Lummi Nation. He has been a life time fisherman beginning as a very young boy fishing on the Nooksack River and Bellingham Bay advancing to throughout the Salish Sea. He currently fishes part time with his two sons, Timothy II and Ray, along with his oldest grandson, Hunter.
The Ballew family fishery employs three generations of fishers. Despite the decades of changes for tribal fishing, Tim Sr continues to carry on the cultural knowledge and practice to his sons, grandsons and his nephews.
Tim also has 25 years of experience in law enforcement, security and surveillance employment. He has experience working with native government and cultural sensitive issues in police enforcement, fishery enforcement, security and probation. Tim is currently working with Northwest Indian College as a part time faculty member and cultural advisor for the Native Environmental Science Department. Tim was schooled by his elders and he shares his experience and knowledge with students at Northwest Indian College. He applies his traditional knowledge and cultural background with the courses he instructs. His natural ability to “teach” is evident by NWIC and Lummi community members who seek his advice for cultural understanding and wisdom.
The courses he teaches are:
POLS 225 History of Federal Indian Policy
POLS 319 From the Beginning of Time: Native American Fishing Rights