Celebrating Native American Awareness Month in King County

Dear King County employee,

November is Native American Awareness Month in King County, a time for us to celebrate the history, culture, and many contributions of Native people throughout our region and here at King County.

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),

 

 

 

Casey Sixkiller

Chief Operating Officer

2 Comments on “Celebrating Native American Awareness Month in King County

  1. It’s about time we celebrate the Native American people openly and with joy. You led the way and have always shown respect for the land and all people.You are a beautiful and wise people. May your journey continue to be strong.

  2. As one a Native American employee here at King County I thank you for doing what you can to bring our people up. For so long we have been pushed down bullied and made fun of. Let us help our people up and show them that they are cared for and about. Thank you Thank you.

    Adelita Ortiz

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