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October 13, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Choose a different day than Columbus Day

On Oct. 6, the Seattle City Council unanimously declared the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Seattle, and encouraged other institutions to recognize the Day — reaffirming the city’s commitment to promote the well-being and growth of Seattle’s American Indian and Indigenous community [“Seattle council faces backlash from…


Comments | More in Holidays | Topics: Columbus Day, Italian Americans, Joseph Grande

October 6, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: City Council has more pressing issues

Instead of trying to rewrite a perceived long-ago historical global injustice, perhaps our City Council should focus on present and future Seattle problems for which we elected and pay them, such as inadequate infrastructure, crime, income disparity and rising rents [“Holiday to honor indigenous people? Seattle council to vote,” Local News, Oct. 5]. Changing Columbus Day…


Comments | More in Seattle City Council | Topics: Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples' Day, John Bellavia

June 24, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Water quality and fish consumption: Include other affected groups

Little has been said about the other people who are directly affected because they consume the fish and shellfish harvested from the state’s waters. Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans (AAPI) account for 10 percent of the state’s population and projections to 2030 predict that percentage will not decrease. This is the only state with AAPI…


Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Asian Americans, fish consumption, Native Americans

June 2, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Unrecognized tribes: It’s due time for recognition

The Code of Federal Regulations was written by non-Indians, and they were the ones that made the decision that if tribes did not submit paperwork in 1934 requesting Federal recognition based on their regulations and requirements, they were not federally recognized [“Proposed changes may help tribes get federal recognition,” Local News, June 1]. Just…


Comments | More in Native Americans | Topics: Duwamish, Indians, Native Americans

May 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Billy Frank Jr.’s death: A member of local tribes’ ‘Greatest Generation’

101707  Billy Frank, Jr., front, a Nisqually, and Randy Kinley, a Lummi, examine DNR culverts near Nooksack, Washington.

Billy Frank Jr., front, examines DNR salmon culverts near Nooksack, Wash., in 2007. Frank, 83, died Monday.(Alan Berner/ The Seattle Times, 2007)

Billy Frank Jr.’s generation of leaders were our transformational leaders [“Billy Frank Jr., Nisqually elder who fought for treaty rights, dies,” The Today File, May 5]. They built the bridges that moved us away from and out of the atrocities of the past to the road to recovery — recovery of our salmon and natural resources, our economies and our people’s mental, physical and emotional health, as well as our sovereignty.

Our Indian leaders and warriors of Billy’s, Joe’s (DelaCruz), Mel’s (Tonasket), Sam’s (Cagey) generation and many others were, and are, our


Comments | More in Native Americans | Topics: Billy Frank Jr., fishing rights, Jennifer L. Scott

February 10, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Native American heritage: Good news for Daybreak Star

What wonderful news! [“Snoqualmie Tribe donating $150,000 to Daybreak Star Center,” Local News, Feb. 4] I visited the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Seattle’s Discovery Park some years ago and was disappointed to see it struggling then. As a center for Native American art and culture, Daybreak Star has been doing its best…


Comments | More in Native Americans | Topics: Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, Discovery Park, Lyn F. Lambert

April 2, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Court ruling to repair fish habitat affects tribes

Olympia needs to uphold tribal rights Billy Frank Jr., the chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, has been fighting for his people’s rights for decades. In Monday’s front-page article “Tribes’ win may flow beyond culverts,” a U.S. district judge upheld tribal-fishing rights established under the landmark 1974 Boldt decision, rights Billy Frank Jr. and…


Comments | More in Environment, Politics | Topics: Native Americans, salmon

March 29, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Victory for Duwamish in fight to be recognized as tribe

Long history of denial, disruption and devastation The recent article “Duwamish get new shot at recognition,” [NWTuesday, March 26] failed to cover the intense political shenanigans that led to their denial of recognition in the first place. The Department of Interior official who approved their recognition, after years of analysis, has disputed the allegation that…


Comments | More in Federal government, Politics, Seattle | Topics: Duwamish people, Native Americans

March 3, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Native American images at Wilson-Pacific school may disappear

Original art should be preserved Artist Andrew Morrison stands in front of his murals of Chief Seattle, left and Cheif Joseph, right, at the Wilson-Pacific campus in North Seattle. Wilson-Pacific is to be replaced with two new schools and the fate of the murals is unclear. (BETTINA HANSEN/THE SEATTLE TIMES) The pictures of the magnificent murals created…


Comments | More in Arts | Topics: Andrew Morrison, Native American art, Native Americans

February 22, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Protecting Native American women from non-Indian abusers

Support the inclusion of Native women Native American Women attended a healing circle last week where women came together to discuss the violence against women and to promote passage in Congress of the Violence Against Women Act. Roxanne Chinook and Debrorah Parker, in hat, vice chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes, hug after Chinook tells her story of…


Comments | More in Washington Legislature | Topics: domestic violence, Native Americans, Tribal communities