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Community Engagement Coordinators Center Trust Building, Elevate Community Voices in Local Government

For local government to effectively serve the community, trust is essential. At the Department of Neighborhoods, we know that community trust in government isn’t inherent, nor should it be. Trust is something that should be earned by walking the talk, acknowledging a role in historical injustices, and actively working to… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Histories: Teacher Tales – Von

Teacher Tale – Von By Betty Lau Reader Notes: Names of students have been changed to protect their privacy. The spelling of Laotian words provided by Von. Seattle Central Community College is today’s Seattle Central College. ESL is today’s English Learner (EL) or English Language Learner (ELL) or multilingual students…. [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Histories: The Japanese Immigrant: The Documents in the Case

The Japanese Immigrant: The Documents in the Case by Eleanor Boba Please note that, in some cases, quotations used in this story include racist language. A Century-Old Precedent In 2017 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked an attempt by President Donald J. Trump to ban immigration from certain Muslim-majority… [ Keep reading ]

Landscape Architect, Marsha Tolon, reflects on her 33 years as a P-Patch member and the universal language of gardening

Marsha Tolon, Burke-Gilman P-Patch What sparked your interest in gardening? When I was a kid, our family would go to the grocery store, and I would always go to the magazine aisle and look at gardening and flower magazines like Sunset Western Garden. I’d read them while everybody else was… [ Keep reading ]

Familial Love and Brilliance in Native Designs

Familial Love and Brilliance in Native Designs by Megan McDermott I’m a mixed-Native woman enrolled with the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe of Montana. I consider myself raised by my maternal grandmother, who was enrolled in the Blackfeet tribe of Browning, Montana, and my mother who is enrolled in Little Shell… [ Keep reading ]

‘Pochashsquinest’ Ron Kanim Enick: Native American Heritage Month

by Ron Kanim Enick wiʔaac Hello, as we all pause to remember and acknowledge Native American Heritage Month, let us not forget to pray, for the Creator’s authority, sovereignty, and power throughout the nation. All things are sacred, and all we have belongs to GOD, and we are all under… [ Keep reading ]

Picardo P-Patch Rethinks their Produce Donation Program to Directly Serve Communities in Need

Picardo P-Patch: Alex Soleil and Ava Clennon How long have you two been gardening at Picardo P-Patch Alex: I’ve been gardening Picardo farm since 2013 when I moved in with a house that had a plot here. And since 2016, I’ve been coordinating the Giving Garden, and that’s where we… [ Keep reading ]

A Journey of Re-recognition and Community Identity

A Journey of Re-recognition and Community Identity by Bethany Fackrell As a young child, it was really hard for me to find where my Indigenous identity fit within our Snoqualmie community. Looking back on my first memories, it seemed as if many of us were in survival mode and constantly… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Histories: Seattle “The City of Clocks”

Seattle “The City of Clocks” By Mark Mendez Mayer It is because of my great-uncle, Joseph Mayer, that Seattle began to be called the “City of Clocks.” By 1935, he had made over 100 street clocks in Seattle. At least 40 of those stood at one point in or around… [ Keep reading ]

Makings of a ‘Real Indian’

Makings of a ‘Real Indian’: Reflections In Anticipation of Native American Heritage Month by Eric Alipio I was recently asked the question, “What is a ‘real Indian?’ Are you a ‘real Indian?’” Much to my chagrin, this wasn’t the first time I’ve been asked who’s Indian and who’s not. And… [ Keep reading ]