Julia Jones, Chickasaw/Choctaw, best known for her performance in the Twilight films (most recently The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1), appears in a public service announcement supporting legislation that would expand the Quileute Nation’s reservation and resolve a 50-year boundary dispute with Olympic National Park.
The legislation would enable Quileute to move its administration offices, a school and homes upland from a tsunami zone. The Senate Bill is SB636; the companion bill in the House is HR1162. To track the bills, visit thomas.gov and type in the bill number. (Jones’ PSA can be viewed below.)
It’s the second time Jones has helped Quileute. In December 2010, she was guest of honor at the annual “Cherish our Children” event in La Push. The fundraiser benefits children from both the Forks and La Push areas during the holiday season. Her appearance resulted in a record-setting year for the event.
“The Quileute Tribe is so grateful to Julia for taking the time out of her busy schedule to film this PSA,” Chairwoman Bonita Cleveland said. “We are grateful to all the actors who have sent out messages of encouragement and support regarding our legislation. Tinsel Korey, Gil Birmingham, Kiowa Gordan and Alex Meraz have all reached out to the fans and we are so humbled by their efforts. Chaske Spencer submitted a statement to the Senate Commission on Indian Affairs when he appeared before the committee this past year.
“The fan sites have assisted with getting the message out that our tribe is in desperate need to move to higher ground and time is running out.”