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January 2014

Duwamish: UW struggles to pace national diversity amid affirmative action debate - Just 10 months after the University of Washington opened a newly remodeled Ethnic Cultural Center, the Seattle campus broke ground on a long-anticipated Native American longhouse. The longhouse, named (wah-sheb-altuh), or Intellectual House, is just one of many efforts the university has made over the past decade to become a more appealing campus to diverse students.

December 2013

Duwamish: Suquamish Tribe in discussions for 150 boxes of artifacts - More than 150 boxes of artifacts from an ancient Duwamish village site on what is now Port of Seattle-owned land could go to the Suquamish Museum. The Muckleshoot Tribe is considered by the U.S. to be the successor to the Duwamish Tribe. Many Suquamish people have Duwamish ancestry as well; Chief Si’ahl, or Seattle, is interred at St. Peter’s Mission Cemetery on the Suquamish reservation. The Duwamish Tribe, chaired by Cecile Hansen, great-great-grandniece of Chief Si’ahl, is not recognized by the federal government.

Duwamish: Taking a look toward the future of the Duwamish River - The pollution is hard to imagine sometimes because it is hard to see or smell.

Duwamish: UW breaks ground on new Native American longhouse - As shovels dug into the ground between McMahon and Lewis Halls, a generation of Native American students from the University of Washington took a collective sigh of relief. With each grain of dirt displaced from the earth, a longstanding wish spanning across decades became a reality. The building honors Duwamish Native Americans, whose tribe was once in Seattle and whose land the UW campus stands on.

Duwamish: Words that haunt - One hundred fifteen years ago, on Oct. 29, 1887, Magnolia’s first pioneer Dr. Henry Smith, published the now-famous rendition of Chief Sealth’s speech in The Seattle Star. This was nearly 30 years after the speech was made. Comment: Several years ago the Seattle Times exposed the most famous version of Chief Sealth's speech as utter fiction, and made the case that Dr. Smith embellished to the point of romantic nonsense what Sealth really said. I strongly support federal recognition for the Duwamish, but I cringe every time a well-meaning person drags out the mostly fictional text of Sealth's speech. He deserves to be remembered as the man he was, not as a caricature of a politically correct "noble savage."

October 2013

Duwamish: Tribe celebrates First Nations - The Duwamish Tribe, in association with PoetsWest will host a program of poetry and storytelling by Native Americans on Oct. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Longhouse (4705 W. Marginal Way S.W.). Other local tribes are invited to participate in this inaugural event.

Duwamish: Tribe says it’s lost artifacts because it’s not officially recognized - The Duwamish Tribe – whose longhouse and headquarters are here in West Seattle – have long pointed out the cost of its lack of official federal recognition, for which they continue to fight, so far unsuccessfully. Today, a new report is out with details of another cost: Tribal artifacts, taken away from the Duwamish Longhouse after 4 years on display because they are to be “repatriated” to a tribe that does have recognition.

Duwamish: Government officials have lied to the Duwamish people for over a century. It’s time for it to end. - This spring, the Duwamish received some good news in our decades-long journey to gain federal recognition: A U.S. district judge vacated a 2001 decision by the U.S. Department of the Interior to deny us recognition. Now the department must reexamine our status. This could mean our tribal members will receive the recognition we feel we deserve — or maybe it won’t. Time and again, the Duwamish have been told one thing by government officials and court judges, only to be told something else later.

Duwamish: Loss of Federal Recognition Leads to Loss of Artifacts - The Duwamish Tribe was not included in nearly two years of discussions between the Port of Seattle, the Suquamish Tribe and the Muckleshoot Tribe regarding the transfer of ownership of more than 150 boxes of artifacts from an archaeological site across the street from Duwamish’s Longhouse and Cultural Center.

August 2013

Duwamish: Congressman McDermott tries for Duwamish Tribe federal recognition again - 7th Congressional District Congressman Jim McDermott reintroduced the Duwamish Tribal Recognition Act (H.R. 2442) on July 1 in hopes of finally gaining federal recognition and benefits for the native people of metropolitan Seattle (named after Si’ahl, a Duwamish and Suquamish chief).

June 2013

Duwamish: Seattle's Fragmented Duwamish Tribe Struggles For Identity - On a rainy Saturday afternoon, a strong brew of native tea warms up the crowd at the Duwamish Longhouse in West Seattle. The tribe has hosted this casual tea party every spring since the longhouse opened three years ago, along the Duwamish River bank.

May 2013

Duwamish: The Resuscitation of the Duwamish Recognition Effort - A federal judge has just given new life to the efforts of the descendants of Chief Seattle to gain federal recognition for his tribe, the Duwamish Tribe of Washington. Specifically, Judge John Coughenour has vacated a negative determination of tribal status by the Department of the Interior and remanded the file to the Department with direction to reconsider the tribal Acknowledgement Petition under all applicable regulations, rather than only half of them.

Duwamish-Makah: Osawa documentary 0screened in Forks - “Princess Angeline”, a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Sandy Johnson Osawa and her husband, Yasu Osawa, will be screened at the Forks Extension of Peninsula College on Friday, May 3, at 7 p.m. Osawa is a member of the Makah Tribe, a graduate of Port Angeles High School, and has had six documentaries broadcast over the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) as well as other networks.

Duwamish: Chairwoman Speaks About Fighting for Federal Recognition and Getting Another Chance - Nearly 36 years ago in 1977, the Duwamish Tribe, the people of Chief Seattle, petitioned the Bureau of Indian Affairs for federal recognition. Originally told their quest to be recognized would probably take only about five years, the Duwamish tribe fell victim to multiple changes in the BIA’s process ultimately ending in denial in 2001. However, the Duwamish now have a second chance at gaining federal recognition.

Duwamish: Tribe's federal recognition in 2001 wrongly denied says judge; Former Pres. Clinton Indian Affairs deputy sees opportunity - Seattle-base U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour ruled March 22 that the Department of Interior wrongly denied the Duwamish Tribe's petition for federal recognition Jan., 2001, signed as the Clinton administration departed, and denied the day the Bush administration came in. The judge ordered the Dept. of Interior to either consider the tribe's petition using 1994 guidelines, or explain why it declines to do so.

Duwamish: Myth-Quoted: Words Of Chief Seattle Were Eloquent - But Not His - Reminder: Chief Seattle did not say: "The earth is our mother." In fact, the earth-mother quote is just one of many ecological insights, widely attributed to Chief Seattle, that are pure, unadulterated myth - and relatively recent myth at that.

January 2013

Duwamish: Guiding canoe on ritual of steaming - Saaduuts Peele puts more cedar and hemlock on the fire in the half light of morning on the shore of Lake Union. Peele, a master canoe carver and artist-in-residence at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, started the fire at 5 a.m. Saturday to begin the process of steaming a new canoe, his seventh in Seattle. "We're opening up the canoe with fire, water and love," he said. "We're honoring the Duwamish, for they are not recognized, and we are honoring the Haida way." Peele is a member of the Haida tribe.

December 2012

Duwamish: Give thanks and show gratitude at Sanislo Wetland Nov. 24; Volunteers needed for planting - The Puget Creek Watershed Alliance is holding a Thanksgiving Planting at the Sanislo Wetland Nov. 24 and need your help. They are restoring the wetland headwaters of Puget Creek – a culturally significant watershed upstream of the Duwamish Tribe’s efforts to restore salmon habitat – and important to King County Wastewater’s efforts to improve water quality in the Duwamish River.

October 2012

Duwamish: Salmon Homecoming: Canoes cross bay from Don Armeni - If you were at or near Don Armeni this morning, you might have seen them – tribal canoes heading across Elliott Bay to join in the Salmon Homecoming celebration on the downtown waterfront. Anne from Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor) shares the photos, and says she counted eight canoes, including the Duwamish Raven Canoe.

July 2012

Duwamish: High bidders attend Annual Duwamish Tribe Gala Dinner & Art Auction - The Annual Duwamish Tribe Gala Dinner & Art Auction took place Saturday night, June 30, at the Duwamish Longhouse Museum in West Seattle. A silent auction was followed by a live auction.

June 2012

Duwamish: Singing-Feet, tribe's culture performance group receives Mayor's Arts Award - The Duwamish tribe was one of 10 recipients of the 2012 Mayor's Arts Award, for their Duwamish Language and Dance Group (tyleebshudub) or "singing feet".

Duwamish: ‘Paddle from Seattle’ support event @ Duwamish Longhouse - Fun event supports the revival of NW Native Canoe Culture. Food, film, exhibits & more. $10 suggested donation supports the Duwamish Raven Canoe “Paddle to Suquaxin 2012” this summer. Enjoy Indian Tacos, film from the 2010 Canoe Journey, Duwamish Youth Digital Stories, Art Gallery show Peter Boome: Salish Connections & more.

Duwamish: 2 benefit events ahead, and an award! - Several news notes about the Duwamish Tribe, whose Longhouse is in West Seattle – It’s announced two upcoming benefits, one this Sunday afternoon (June 9) for its participation in this year’s “Paddle from Seattle” (details here), and a big dinner/art auction gala on June 30th (details here). Plus, a performance group of Duwamish youth, TilibSedeb (Singing Feet), is one of the 10 recipients of the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Awards.

May 2012

Duwamish-Muckleshoot-Suquamish: Investigators to take new look at health effects of river cleanup - Before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency submits its proposed cleanup plan for the Duwamish River Superfund site later this year, community health researchers are conducting a “health impact assessment” to figure out ways the cleanup could affect surrounding communities. The tribes involved are the Duwamish, the Muckleshoot and the Suquamish.

April 2012

Duwamish: Tribal Chair's granddaughter gives river clean-up presentation for Earth Day - Earth Day at the Duwamish Longhouse Cultural Center Saturday, April 21, featured a presentation by two teens, including the granddaughter of Cecile Hansen, Chairwoman of the Duwamish Tribe. Alyssa Williams, 14, lives with her mother Cindy in Tukwila, and Cindy's mother, Cecile, Alyssa's grandmother, lives in Burien.

March 2012

Duwamish: Duwamish Waterway health study underway to inform EPA’s final cleanup plan for the Superfund site - The study will also look at “the nutritional and cultural impact of fish contamination on Tribes and other fishing communities, gentrification pressures on local businesses and neighborhoods, and opportunities for local economic stimulus and redevelopment.”

February 2012

Duwamish: Tribe Gala, Dinner & Art Auction - YOU ARE INVITED to join the Duwamish Tribal Services for their Sixth Annual Gala Dinner & Art Auction. This annual event is a celebration of contemporary and traditional culture of Seattle's First People, the Duwamish or "People of the Inside". Your gifts will help maintain operations at the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center and fund events and programs for our youth.

Duwamish: Here's a chance to help restore Puget Creek and the Sanislo Wetland - Puget Creek Watershed Alliance is working to be good upstream neighbors to the Duwamish Tribe to support their efforts to daylight Puget Creek and restore salmon habitat near the Longhouse and Cultural Center in West Seattle.

Duwamish: Native visual & musical art grace the Longhouse Saturday - Two events took place Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, one beginning at 4:00PM, the other at 6:00PM. 4:00 PM: Duwamish Longhouse Art Gallery Opening for "Peter Boome: Salish Connections." The gallery show features the paintings and prints of the nationally acclaimed Upper Skagit artist. Through June 16th. Then Paul "Che oke ten" Wagner told Native American stories and performed on a drum and his flutes, selections from his new album, "TIME OF PARADISE".

Duwamish: Native visual & musical art events at Longhouse Saturday, Feb. 11 - Two events will take place this Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center. We welcome you to both events, one beginning at 4:00PM, the other at 6:00PM. 4:00 PM: Duwamish Longhouse Art Gallery Opening for "Peter Boome: Salish Connections." 6:00 p.m.: Paul "Che oke ten" Wagner: TIME OF PARADISE--Native American Flute--Free

Duwamish: Introduction to Native Flute Workshop - Learn the basics. Play from the heart. No need to read music. Teacher is award winning Native American Flute Player and Storyteller Paul "Che oke ten" Wagner.

December 2011

Duwamish: Old Juanita Steamer Dock - Lowering Lake Washington eliminated aboriginal use of Juanita Bay. Long before people of European origin arrived, a band of today’s Duwamish tribe, the TAHB-Tah-Byook, lived in a village near the mouth of Juanita Creek, and here in the bay dug wapato bulbs, a nutritious, starchy staple, and no doubt hunted waterfowl. Smallpox that ravaged native peoples on the early 1800s, likely introduced by early Spanish explorers, apparently eliminated this band. But Native Americans are reported to have continued to stop at Juanita Bay to harvest wapato seasonally until the lake was lowered.

November 2011

Duwamish: Gift fair at the longhouse

Duwamish: Reclaiming the Duwamish River: A Conversation With James Rasmussen

Duwamish-Suquamish: Seattle's bounty of attractions beckons Whatcom visitors

Duwamish: $100,000 for healthier Duwamish River-area communities

American Indian Politics and the American Political System (Spectrum Series: Race and Ethnicity in National and Global Politics): The third edition contains a number of important modifications. First, it is now co-authored by Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark, who brings a spirited new voice to the study. Second, it contains ample discussion of how President Obama’s election has altered the dynamics of Indian Country politics and law. Third, it contains more discussion of women's issues, several new vignettes, an updated timeline, new photographs, and updated charts, tables, and figures.

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