Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

Screening: Ancestral Waters

Meaningful Movies Olympia Presents: Ancestral Waters

Ancestral Waters is a powerful documentary chronicling the Puyallup Tribe’s fight for their treaty rights, water and their way of life. Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is constructing a liquefied natural gas facility on a protected Medicine Cree Treaty territory without the proper permits.

There will be a panel and conversation with the directors, Benita and Darren Moore of Native Daily Network, following the film.

Click here to watch official trailer.

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Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Screening: As Long as the Rivers Run

  • Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation (map)
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6:00pm - pizza and potluck

6:40pm - intro to movie by Willie and Peggen Frank

7:20pm - screening of As Long as the Rivers Run

The OUUC Hosts of the Justice Summit, and Learning Right Relations, welcomes Willie Frank III, son of Billy Frank Jr, and Peggen Frank, Executive Director of Salmon Defense. The Frank’s will introduce the movie and speak about the Billy Frank Jr. legacy as expressed by the non-profit partner of the Northwest Indian Fish Commission - Salmon Defense.

The movie chronicles the lead-up to the Boldt Decision and especially highlights the long-time efforts of Billy Frank Jr. to assert that the Medicine Creek Treaty Fishing Rights were wrongfully interpreted by the people of Washington State.The movie also contains footage of Willie Frank (Sr.) Billy Frank’s father. The film’s camerawoman, writer, and producer, Carol Burns, grew up in the earliest years of the OUUC as her parents were among the founders in the mid 1950s. The movie was, and is yet, seminal in lifting up the issues of American Indian Sovereignty to a non-tribal audience that is largely unaware of intergenerational trauma that continues to this day.

Salmon Defense is led by Executive Director Peggen Frank. She will speak about the organization’s projects, including the use of the film in their educational program, and some of their fund-raising efforts like the Salmon Warrior blanket project.

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Sep
23
6:30 PM18:30

Honoring Ancestors & Land into the Future

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Join Mariana Harvey and Itsa Shash for an evening of poetry, songs, and stories that reflect the unique communities they come from. Through their words and songs, they will provide a foundation to spark conversation on the the importance of honoring and knowing who you are, where you come from, and where you’re going.

Mariana Harvey has spent the last 5 years working to promote culturally based leadership initiatives for Native youth within the northwest and nationally through Native Youth Leadership Alliance. She is deeply passionate about native foods and medicines and the rich cultural traditions that surround them. She is the Traditional Plants Program Coordinator at GRuB, a mother and a proud member of the Yakama Nation.

Itsa Shash is a Native American storyteller, poet, and musician descended from Indeh (Apache), Mexica (Aztec), and Xicano Indio peoples. Raised in southern Colorado, Itsa now resides in Washington State. He is a strong advocate for health and wellness through healing touch, our mother earth, and cultural wisdom.

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Tommy Orange @ The Washington Center for the Performing Arts
Sep
22
6:30 PM18:30

Tommy Orange @ The Washington Center for the Performing Arts

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An evening with Tommy Orange, featuring “There There”, his debut National Bestseller.

6:00pm - doors open

6:30pm - seating begins

7:00pm - main event with Q&A

8:00pm - book signing (“There There” will be available for purchase in the lobby from Browser’s Bookshop)

This program is part of Timberland Reads Together, featuring “There There” by Tommy Orange and Native Voices , focused on Indigenous Peoples history and culture.

The Sunday night event will be moderated by Dawn Pichon Barron, MFA - Director/Faculty Native Pathways Program (NPP) at Evergreen State College.

About the Author

Tommy Orange is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow, as well as a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Tommy Orange is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, and was born and raised in Oakland, California. He now lives in Angels Camp, California, with his wife and son.

About the Book

  • National Bestseller

  • One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

  • One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, Time, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe

  • Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award

  • Winner of the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize

  • Winner of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

  • Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

Tommy Orange’s shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to each other in ways they may not yet realize. There is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and working to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, who is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death, has come to work at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil has come to perform traditional dance for the very first time. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American—grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism. Hailed as an instant classic, There There is at once poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, utterly contemporary and always unforgettable.


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Water Sounds: Native Art Auction & Traditional Dinner
Sep
21
4:30 PM16:30

Water Sounds: Native Art Auction & Traditional Dinner

  • Skookum Creek Event Center at Little Creek Casino Resort (map)
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You’re invited to the 20th Annual Water Sounds Native Art Auction & Traditional Dinner

4:30 - Doors Open

5:00 - Silent Auction Begins

6:00 - Traditional Dinner

7:00 - Live Auction

All proceeds benefit Squaxin Island Museum Library and Research Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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Paddle to Lummi 2019
Jul
24
to Jul 28

Paddle to Lummi 2019

The Lummi people are honored to welcome all our relations traveling the traditional highways of the ancestors to participate in this year’s journey. Together we will celebrate, honor and preserve the unique cultural heritage of the Coast Salish people. They are expecting approximately 10,000 people and over 100 canoes traveling to their shores. With the arrival of canoes, we will share in potlatch traditional song, dance, and testimonies that have provided our people over the generations with hope, healing, and happiness.

The journey honors the rich traditions of Coast Salish tribes of the Northwest, who travel the waters to meet and gather for trade, ceremony, and celebration. Canoe Journey holds special significance to Coast Salish Tribes as it truly honors and nourishes the unique relationships and connections with the land, water, and one another. The Lummi people are delighted and honored to host this year’s event.

-Description from Paddle to Lummi 2019 website: Click here to view Paddle to Lummi 2019 website

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Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

Johnny Moses: Native Storyteller

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Join us for a delightful evening of storytelling with master Native Storyteller and Steh-Chass descendant, Johnny Moses.

Johnny Moses is a Tulalip Native American raised in the remote Nuu-chah-nulth village of Ohiat on the west coast of Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada. He was raised in the traditional ways by his grandparents, and sent by his elders to share their teachings with all people. Johnny is a master storyteller, oral historian, traditional healer and respected spiritual leader.

Fluent in eight Native languages, he is a traveling ambassador for Northwest Coast cultures. He shares the knowledge and richness of his spiritual and cultural traditions with people across the United States and Canada through storytelling, lectures and workshops.

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Gathering: Yvonne Peterson
May
26
1:00 PM13:00

Gathering: Yvonne Peterson

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Join us in welcoming Yvonne Peterson of the Chehalis Tribe for our May Gathering! Yvonne will be speaking about traditional basketry weaving, the materials used and their cultural significance.

Yvonne is a sixth-generation master basketry weaver. In passing this tradition to her children and grandchildren, she represents eight generations on Chehalis tribal artisans.

“Basketry is really about the language, the songs, the cultural protocol, the passing of information as a gift.” - Yvonne Peterson

Her mother, Hazel Pete, was a matriarch of the Chehalis Tribe and established the Hazel Pete Institute of Chehalis Basketry.

Presentation will be followed by a potluck. Please bring a healthy dish to share.

$5 - 20 Suggested Donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

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Apr
27
8:30 AM08:30

Leschi-Quiemuth 11th Annual Honor Walk/Run

Meet at the Nisqually Billy Frank Jr. gym
Registration required! 
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This walk/run/tour will be an event to remember! Hosted by the Leschi Heritage Foundation, Nisqually Tribal Council and Joint Base Lewis McChord community, there will be three options for a 7-mile walk, a 12-mile bus ride, or a 9-mile bus ride plus 3-mile walk. This will take place on the Joint Base Lewis McChord Military Reservation; this was formerly the Nisqually lands pre-1917 condemnation. 

All applicants must be pre-registered because this is a sensitive area, and the Nisqually Tribe is asking for advance notice of everyone's arrival. No personal vehicles will be allowed on Joint Base Lewis McChord, so all participants must leave their vehicle at Nisqually Billy Frank Jr. gym site. Registration will be available at 8:30am on April 27th at the Billy Frank Jr. Gym. 

Click here to visit Nisqually Indian Tribe's event website

Joint Base Lewis McChord has published this article about the event: Annual Leschi-Quiemuth Honor Walk takes place April 27

CONTACT INFORMATION: 
Joyce McCloud, Leschi Heritage Culture Department Director
phone: 360-456-5221 ext. 1142
email: mccloud.joyce@nisqually-nsn.gov

Chay Squally 
phone: 360-456-5221 ext. 2191
email: squally.chay@nisqually-nsn.gov

Andreya Squally 
phone: 360-456-5221 ext. 1267
email: squally.andreya@nisqually-nsn.gov

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Gathering: Dr. Karen Capuder
Apr
20
1:00 PM13:00

Gathering: Dr. Karen Capuder

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Join us in welcoming Dr. Karen Capuder for our April Gathering, presenting on the history of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.

Dr. Karen Capuder is a Sociocultural Anthropologist and Archaeologist with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation History/Archaeology Program (CCT H/A), where she helps to support the assertion of Colville tribal sovereignty over culturally important places and tribal history through research, consultation, and advocacy. She is Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) and French through her mother and Irish through her father, and her family is from Akwesasne.

Prior to her work with the Colville Tribes, Karen earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Native American Studies, and master’s and doctoral degrees in Anthropology. Her previous work centered on collaborative anthropological research with cultural and spiritual leaders from the Nisqually and Skokomish Nations. In her spare time, she enjoys gathering plant foods and medicines, engaging in cultural activities such as fishing, gardening, and cooking for community events.

*Please note this Gathering will be on a Saturday!

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Apr
2
10:00 AM10:00

Native American Indian Lobby Day

  • Columbia Room, Legislative Building, Capitol Campus (map)
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Join with us in learning from Tribal leaders about key legislative priorities, build relationships and advocate together for change.

Please register ASAP with anita.latch@gmail.com so we can schedule an appointment for you with your House and State Senate Representatives.

Let robertsatiacum@gmail.com know if you are bringing students or would like a table to set up literature or give-aways for the legislators and their aides.

Learning Right Relations will also be supporting the day’s activities by preparing and serving lunch. Please email learningrightrelations@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering to help with lunch.

Click here for link to facebook event.

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Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

Gathering: The Canoe Journey Herbalists Project

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In this Gathering, we welcome speakers from the Canoe Journey Herbalists, presenting on Questions and reflections on relationships to healing, cultural safety and community care.

The mission of the Canoe Journey Herbalists Project is to offer free herbal healing support; ranging from first aid to foot baths, offering herbal medicines and hands-on healing to participants as we travel alongside the Intertribal Canoe Journey. At its core, this project is Indigenous-led, inspired, and works to continue to prioritize the wants and needs of the Coastal Salish community. But as a project that provides a pathway for both Indigenous Healers and non-Native allies to offer their hands in service, side by side, how do we create a community care space that also maintains a sense of cultural safety? This workshop will share stories of our strengths and our struggles, as well as questions and reflections for all of us working towards right relationship with land, healing, and Indigenous community.

Rhonda Lee Grantham is a member of the Cowlitz Nation of southwest Washington, which translates to “Seeker of the Medicine Spirit”. She is a direct-entry midwife, herbalist and founder of both the Center for Indigenous Midwifery and the Canoe Journey Herbalists Project. She balances her year between projects that support the reclaiming of Indigenous Midwifery globally, as well as supporting connections to plant medicines and access to healing medicines for Native communities here at home.

Sophie Geist is a community herbalist, landscaper and somatic educator, living and working on cultivating gratitude and commitment as a settler and plant lover on Steh-Chass and Squaxin land. She works with the Canoe Journey Herbalists Project and in thriving gardens throughout Coast Salish territory.

To learn more about this incredible project, click here to read article from Yes! Magazine, republished at indianz.com: We’ve forgotten that we are all healers: Herbalists accompany Canoe Journey

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Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

Gathering: Solidarity in Action

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In this Gathering, we will have the opportunity to delve into our working groups and build relationships and community within our group as we collectively work to support through action our Coast Salish neighbors. Come learn more about our ongoing projects and discover ways you can participate in these efforts.

Please bring $5 suggested donation, and a healthy dish to share for potluck following presentation.

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Feb
4
9:00 AM09:00

Salish Sea Lobby Day / Free the Snake

Please show up in solidarity with Tribal community leaders to advocate for the removal of the four Snake River dams.

Learning Right Relations will be co-hosting a dinner following this event, and are looking for volunteers to support this effort. Please email learningrightrelations@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out!

To learn about the details of this event, and to RSVP please visit https://actionnetwork.org/events/orca-advocacy-day?fbclid=IwAR0jNUuR15Sm91lf_rVOa7oj0pr4gvgSp_efFD4LeuxrdvPGocvQ1_usNKg

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Jan
27
1:00 PM13:00

Gathering: How to Be An Ally to Indigenous People

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Join us for a presentation by Ellany Kayce on “How to Be An Ally to Indigenous People” and learn about Native culture, history, impacts of colonialism, contrast of belief systems and other important highlights in the effort to increase awareness on your journey to becoming an ally.

Please bring $5-10 suggested donation, and a healthy dish to share at potluck following the workshop.

Ellany Kayce is an enrolled Tribal member of the Tlingit Nation, Raven Clan. Throughout her career she’s worked as a cultural consultant, event planner, coordinator, facilitator, trainer, curriculum developer and fundraiser. Ellany has life-long experience working with Alaska Native, Native American, First Nations communities and is a trainer, traditional drummer, singer and dancer, and activist.

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