LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Shorewood High School PTSA Land Acknowledgement

 

The Shorewood High School PTSA acknowledges that we reside on the unceded land of the Coastal Salish people, specifically the Duwamish Tribe which covers the King County area.  Neighboring tribes include the Puyallup, Suquamish, Tulalip, Snoqualmie and Muckleshoot nations among others. The Native peoples of the United States have been repeatedly lied to by the US government, were forcibly displaced, and have endured centuries of oppression, ethnic cleansing, and genocide.  Despite this violence and theft, these tribes are alive and flourishing.  They are the traditional stewards of this land.

 

Our PTSA supports a curriculum that educates our students about the Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest and teaches mindfulness of our present day participation as ongoing colonial oppressors.  We were not invited to this land.  We were never asked to come here.  European colonial power came and took what it wanted by any means they could.  We are the present day recipients of the results of their work.  Our PTSA believes that until our youth and all of us face these facts directly, we cannot move on from perpetrating the same crimes our ancestors did.  It is our job, the job of the school staff, and the wider community to provide this awareness and education.  

 

Below are actions you can take and resources about our local Tribes, the National PTA statements regarding Native American children and families, and several websites that inspired this land acknowledgement.

 

Actions you can take:

  • Educate yourself about the history of the land you are living on - see websites below

  • Find out which Native American territory you are occupying

  • Pay rent to the Duwamish tribe

 

RESOURCES

 

Duwamish Tribe website

 

Muckleshoot Tribe website

 

Puyallup Tribe website

 

Snoqualmie Tribe website

 

Suquamish Tribe website

 

Tulalip Tribe website

 

National PTA In Focus: American Indian/Alaska Native Children 

 

National PTA Native American Heritage month

 

Land Acknowledgements

From the Duwamish Tribe

 

From the Native Governance center

 

From American Indians in Children’s literature

 

From Northwestern University

From Shoreline Community College

 

From the Shoreline School District