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May 26, 2015 Rally For Our Home Speaker Bios
Cathy Sampson-Kruse, whose Wallulapum name is Wey-ow'sux, is an enrolled Tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla. She is a mother of 8 and grandmother of 11 with one great-granddaughter. You can find her with husband, Donn & family diggin' roots or picking huckleberries. One of her favorite sayings is Michael Franti's "when we all see justice-then we'll all see peace". Cathy is a retired social worker (MSW), and she was appointed by Gov. Neil Goldschmidt to serve on the Oregon Commission for Women during the 1980s.
Don Sampson, brother to Cathy, is the Executive Director of the Institute for Tribal Government at Portland State University. Mr. Sampson served as the Executive Director of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). He also served as the Executive Director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission for five years. Don also owns Seventh Generation, a tribal advisory and consultation company. Don is an enrolled member of the CTUIR with Walla Walla tribal heritage and lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
Don West is the owner of the Astoria Crest Motel and manager of the Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria. These growing, thriving businesses depend on the health and beauty of the Columbia River, and Don has been a vocal community leader calling for state officials to protect the Columbia River from LNG development. Don helped to spearhead the Columbia River Business Alliance, a group of over 70 businesses who engaged in the successful campaign to stop the Bradwood LNG proposal and who urged Oregon to reject the use of publicly owned land for the Oregon LNG export proposal near Astoria.
Stacey McLaughlin is a landowner in Douglas County, Oregon where more than a mile long clear-cut swath of the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline is slated to cross her family home and ranch. Along with her husband Craig they rehabilitated a 357 acre logged over ranch, planting more than 10,000 trees, cleaning up four dumpsites and discarding over 200 abandoned appliances to the local landfill. The McLaughlin family home is threatened by eminent domain from Veresen, Inc., a foreign Canadian Corporation to construct a pipeline carrying fracked gas from Canada for export to Asia. “When I consider the prospect of what can happen to the beauty we wake up to every day if this pipeline is constructed, the use of pesticides to keep the land they take clear, and the threat of explosions I get physically sick. I am not just mourning the loss of our dream; I grieve for the harm being done to our planet. My government’s affair with big money at the expense of ordinary Americans is breaking my heart. Corporations are allowed to bully us, take our homes, and destroy our future. I will do what it takes to protect my land.”