Indigenous communities worldwide throw support behind Tokitae's return to Washington

From the Republic of Tuva to Irbistuu Mountain in Russia to the shores of Miami, Indigenous groups worldwide are throwing their support behind Tokitae’s return.

MIAMI — The Lhaq’temish people, also known as the Lummi Nation, have a history with orcas dating back thousands of years. According to Lummi Elder Raynell Morris, orcas are considered family members who live beneath the waves. 

Since 2018, the Lummi Nation has been fighting to get Tokitae released from the Miami Seaquarium and returned to Washington waters. 

“It’s been a long journey,” Morris said. “Her family is ready for her to come home. It’s the healing of a

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