Lummi leaders gave significant support to the Longview community on August 26, 2016 when the totem pole was brought to the Longview Methodist Church. Reverend Rene Devontier welcomed the Cowlitz tribe leaders and the Lummi leaders, who spoke against the approval of the Millennium Coal Terminal in Longview. The totem pole, carved and painted by Jewell James and his family, originated in Bellingham and will be carried from the Northwest to Winnipeg, Canada, with stops in Idaho, Montana and South Dakota at tribal events. Jewell James introduced his family. After Jewell James spoke to the community, Reverend Devontier invited members of the community to come forward and lay their hands on the totem pole, and concluded the ceremony with a prayer.