From Seattle JACL
Japanese American Citizens League Seattle Chapter has been working closely with Representatives of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe on the event “beqelšuɫ:” to raise awareness within the AAPI community about the history, heritage and legacy of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.
The AAPI and Native American communities have a proud legacy of communion and camaraderie. Throughout history, discriminatory laws and social circumstances stimulated the mixing of these two communities in the labor workforce, in marriage, and in socio-political advocacy.
The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe contributes to AAPI organizations around the state that support community advancement. However, our communities less frequently work together in joint advocacy efforts, and little is understood regarding the history, heritage and contemporary issues of Native Americans and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.
The goal of the workshop is to bring into focus another group with a proud legacy, raise awareness of Native American life in Washington, hear the story of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe in their own words and explore ways in which our communities can work together in the future. Most importantly, we hope to express gratitude for the community support they have offered to us.
At the event, attendees will welcome a variety of panelists from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, enjoy a variety of Native American cultural performances and feast in a community potluck with dishes from Seattle’s many different ethnic groups, provided by AAPI organizations beneficiary of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe’s philanthropy.
“The event will be held on November 21, a date which coincides with Native America Heritage month. It is the weekend before Thanksgiving, a date we feel represents the generosity of Native American peoples,” said Toshiko Hasegawa, past Seattle JACL president and current chapter board member. “We are excited to demonstrate our gratitude and appreciation for their legacy.”
RSVP is required to attend. More information can be found through Hasegawa at firstname.lastname@example.org.