Celebrating Native American Awareness Month in King County
Dear King County employee,
We are on the ancestral lands of the Muckleshoot, Snoqualmie, Puyallup, Tulalip, and Suquamish Tribes, and the Duwamish people. And our community is home to a large population of Native people from Tribal nations across the country.
Together with our Tribal partners we are advancing efforts to preserve open space, restore critical habitat, and save Orca and salmon from the brink of extinction. These efforts and others are central to Executive Constantine’s commitment to a strong government-to-government relationship between King County and Tribal nations, and honoring Tribal treaty rights.
We also are supporting efforts by Tribal organizations to address the lasting impacts of displacement and institutional racism that contribute to disproportionately high rates of incarceration, homelessness, and poverty among Native people. Last month, Executive Constantine joined with Native leaders to open “Eagle Village,” a pilot project between King County and the Chief Seattle Club to provide bridge housing for Native people transitioning from homelessness into permanent housing. Eagle Village is located in Sodo on property owned by Metro Transit and funded by the Department of Community and Human Services.
We know that working in partnership to deliver community-led solutions results in better outcomes. Eagle Village is a recent example of this approach. I encourage you to think what you can do in your programs to advance our shared values and upend the status quo so the services we provide create greater opportunities for our residents and address systemic inequities.
In honor of Native American Awareness Month I want to thank our employee-led King County Native American Leadership Council for their dedication, wisdom, and collective work to lift up the voices of our Native employees and to serve as a link to Tribal communities throughout King County.
Wado (thank you),
Chief Operating Officer