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SAAS Recognizes and Celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day

Seattle Academy Celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day 2020

Written by: Taylor Kanemori, Director of Equity and Inclusion


Today we celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day. The Oxford dictionary defines Indigenous as “originating or occurring naturally in a particular place."

We recognize and celebrate the Indigenous people locally and globally, who continue to experience the impact and struggle connected to colonialism on their native land. Many of us learned growing up that Columbus “discovered” America, but as we know, Indigenous peoples were already here, thriving and taking care of the land where we currently sit.  The United States has a dark mark on its history with how we have continued to treat our Ingenious populations and today, and every day we should recognize that we live, use, and reap benefits of this stolen land.

We want to acknowledge that Seattle is the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People, and give respect and thanks to the land and the Duwamish People past and present. Seattle’s namesake is Chief Si’ahl, who was the chief of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes in 1855 when he signed the Treaty of Point Elliott, and we are reminded of him and the people he represented every time we use our city's name. Attached are some links for you to learn more about the Duwamish People and ways you can get involved in supporting their community.

  • If you want to know more, here is a short and informative Indigenous People Indigenous Voices Factsheet that gives information about the term Indigenous and a few complexities of the identity.

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