Lummi C.E.D.A.R. Project

[C]ommunity Health [E]lders & [E]ducation [D]rug-Free [A]lcohol-Free [R]espect

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The Lummi CEDAR Project is a Native American, community-based non-profit organization serving the Lummi Indian Reservation in Bellingham, Washington. The Lummi CEDAR Project was founded in 1993 by tribal leaders and became a 501(c)3, non-profit organization in 1997. Its founding members are traditional leaders and elders who recognized the need for a Native American community-based agency representing the Lummi people.


Our Vision is that Lummi person including youth and elders will feel safe, healthy, and valued and be valuable as a member of the Lummi Community. Likewise, each person will be informed, knowledgeable of and able exert their tribal rights.


The Lummi CEDAR Project exists to improve the health and well-being of the Lummi community through the respect and recognition of the role of traditional values in supporting healthy choices, by building bridges between youth and elders, and through youth leadership and community organizing.

Lummi CEDAR Project Approach:

Our motto is, "Weaving a Vision: Uniting the Wisdom of the Elders with the Dreams of the Youth."

The LCP approach is to provide opportunities for youth and elders to come together and work together using and preserving Lummi "schelangen" (the Lummi word for traditions, knowledge, history, power and identity), to make our current reality and environment a place where we and future generations can thrive. 

Lummi CEDAR Project Values and Guiding Principles:
-Uniting the wisdom of the elders with the dreams of the youth teamwork
-Respectful communication and listening
-Giving thanks and being prayerful
-Reciprocity of strength and spirit
-Speaking from the heart and keeping a strong mind
-Taking the responsibility to know the truth– the truth will set you free!
General Information


2011 Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center Peace Builder Award

2011 Ken Gass Community Builder Award

2009 Joint Conference on Health: SAFE STREETS Policy Award


Lummi CEDAR Project is made possible through generous donors, past and present, including:

Lummi Indian Business Council

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Princess Diana Fund

Tulalip Charitable Fund

Puyallup Tribe of Indians Charitable Trust Board

Nisqually Indian Tribe Charitable Fund

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous People

Northwest Area Indian Health Board

Whatcom Family Community Network​

Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

Free Church Unitarian, Blaine, WA

Bellingham Bay Marathon 

and many other generous individual donors. 

Make your tax deductible donation today: 

About Us

Lummi CEDAR Project is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit 

IRS Tax Identification Number: 91-1632931