History of Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Seattle

In 2014 the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to change the second Monday in October to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  As Councilmember Kshama Sawant told the Seattle Times, “Learning about the history of Columbus and transforming 2015 ipdthis day into a celebration of Indigenous people and a celebration of social justice … allows us to make a connection between this painful history and the ongoing marginalization, discrimination and poverty that Indigenous communities face to this day.” This change in designation resonates all the more in Seattle, which is named after Chief Seattle of the Duwamish and Suquamish Tribes and sits amidst the lands of numerous sovereign nations. Before 2014, Native activists gathered annually at Seattle City Hall on the second Monday in October for a rally to demonstrate the critical importance of changing the focus of the day. As Michael Vendiola (Swinomish) said in an interview with filmmaker Dallas Pinkham  (Yakama, Southern Cheyenne, Nez Perce, Grand Ronde, and Potawatomi),“Tribal people were able to come together and think about what could be addressed with renaming that day from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and I think that’s an empowering process, that folks are able to express themselves and have their voices heard, to strengthen the community ties. That whole process was about unifying the community, and also building allies with the non-Native communities.”ipd 2017

United Indians of All Tribes Foundation has been honored to host the Indigenous Peoples’ Day evening celebration at Daybreak Star since 2014. This year we will be honoring two activists, Luana Ross, Ph.D, and Jeri Moomaw, whose work and activism revolve around Indigenous women. We look forward to continuing this yearly celebration and remembering the importance of local activists in the creation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

Berkeley, California, was the first U.S. city to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 1992, and now four states and over fifty cities have recognized it to show their support for Native communities rather than the colonizers of their lands. Native American communities and allies have protested Columbus Day (first federally recognized in 1937) since its inception, for celebrating an individual who enslaved, sold, and mistreated thousands of Indigenous people in the West Indies after his arrival in 1492. Celebrating and honoring Christopher Columbus not only covered up his actions against Natives, but also solidified the myth of the “discovery of America,” which ignores that people had been living on this land for thousands of years prior to Columbus’s arrival.

Save the date for the 2018 Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration!


Special Fundraising Offer: Andew Morrison Portrait Commission

Andrew Morrison has a generous heart! Commision a Portrait from Andrew Morrison at Daybreak Star to Support ART and the Sacred Circle Gallery.

Donate to our Art program= $500 for a 20x 16, $1000 for a 24×18. “your contribution and support will directly benefit the artistic community that we celebrate here at Daybreak Star”

contact andrew at amorrison@unitedindians.org

Offer good thru April 30th.

See more of Andrew’s work at his Website

Daybreak Star to Host Preschool in 2015

Washington Department of Early Learning awards funding for United Indians of All Tribes Foundation/Puget Sound Educational Service District preschool partnership.

Seattle, WA | June 11, 2014

Visit www.unitedindians.org to learn more about the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation.

Visit www.psesd.org to learn more about the Puget Sound Educational Service District.

Closing the academic opportunity gap for Native American children.

The Board and Staff of United Indians of All Tribes Foundation are pleased to announce that the agency is partnering with Puget Sound Educational Service District to re-establish a full-day preschool serving Native American families at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, thanks to funding from the Washington Department of Early Learning. The partnership with Puget Sound Educational Service District and the re-establishment of early learning classrooms for Native children represent an important step in the revitalization of the Foundation, which lost funding in 2013 for the Head Start program housed for 27 years at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center and attended by generations of Seattle Native families. The partnership with PSESD will leverage the combined powers of both organizations to work towards closing the academic achievement gap for Native children, who currently have the lowest graduation rates among all Seattle Public Schools students.

“Children are the heart of our community and we are overjoyed to welcome a preschool back to Daybreak Star. United Indians is committed to ensuring all of our children have a strong start in life and school by offering culturally-relevant early childhood education and home visiting programs to the urban Native community”

says Lynnette Jordan, United Indians’ Family Services Director and Interim Director of Operations. The mission of United Indians, established in 1970, is to provide educational, cultural and social services that reconnect indigenous people in the Puget Sound region to their heritage by strengthening their sense of belonging and significance as Native people.


Every society on earth that has survived, overcome difficulties, and flourished, has been animated by a vision of greatness.

Indigenous people of the Americas have always harbored prophecies and dreams that, after a long wintertime of suffering and degredation, they would awaken to a new century of light, a period of renewal for Indigenous people  and that as Indigenous people rediscover their own strenths and greatness bestowed upon them by the creator, and recover the health and prosperity of their nations, they will impact the whole world.   

United Indians of All Tribes Foundation (UIATF) was founded to serve as a focal point for this renewal and regeneration in the Greater Seattle area and beyond. 


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