Ending the Silence

As a community, we are reckoning with the devastating legacy of Indian boarding schools. Recent discoveries of multiple mass graves at sites across the North American continent reveal the extent and cruelty of those efforts to break our Native families and communities. Both governmental agencies and religious institutions orchestrated the extermination of our Indigenous children and youth. 

United Indians of All Tribes Foundation stand with our First Nations, Alaskan, and Native Indigenous relatives. Our programs offer tangible steps families can take to heal the wounds of our past. Every family engaged in home visiting reclaims Indigenous ways of parenting. Every foster child involved in our cultural connections dismantles a colonial mindset. Every parent who asks about developmental screening is learning how to advocate for their child in a system that was not built for them. Every young adult who strives to reach their personal, housing, and employment goals exemplifies empowerment. Every family who finds stable housing defies rapid gentrification in our neighborhoods. Every job seeker and veteran who advances in their chosen field beats the odds in a game that feels rigged. Every Elder who advises us strengthens intergenerational bonds and ensures the transference of knowledge. Every program and event we host offers a path to healing for our Indigenous residents in the City of Seattle. In our 51 years of service, we have welcomed each and every boarding school survivor seeking help, offering them connections to culture, food for the soul, and a place to heal.

We hold all life sacred. We know that every child matters. We ask for action as we mourn. We call for accountability from those institutions who perpetuated these horrors. Though nothing can change what happened or bring justice to our little ones who never made it home, our story does not end at the boarding schools.

Please join us on September 30 by wearing orange in remembrance of our ancestors’ resilience during the boarding school era. Our Indigenous Peoples’ Day theme, “Our Existence is Our Resistance,” comes from that same acknowledgment. On October 11, we are hosting a safe and healthy drive through event at our beloved Daybreak Star Cultural Center. Our staff members are handing out #EveryChildMatters bracelets to community members and program participants to wear as a visible reminder to all that we are creating and sustaining generational healing.

We are still here.

May we continue to heal.

United Indians of All Tribes Foundation

Roof Replacement at Daybreak Star!

Yesterday marked the first day of work on replacing the flat roof of Daybreak Star! Teams are hard at work carrying out the installation process.

The existing roof was the one originally installed when Daybreak Star was constructed back in 1976. While it held up remarkably well, the roof recently developed several leaks, meaning a replacement was due. The new roof will fix these problems and will also significantly improve insulation. It’s an exciting development for the building!

Yesterday was the material load-in day for the project. The roof replacement is scheduled to be completed over the course of the next few weeks.

Daybreak Star Veterans BBQ

Veterans BBQ flyer

United Indians is delighted to invite all American Indian/Alaska Native Veterans and their families to the Daybreak Star Veterans BBQ! Come along for a day of festivities: we’ll have free food, program t-shirts, and challenge coins. We’re excited to have you!

For more information or to enroll in the program, contact Rich Summer at rsummers@unitedindians.org.

Yup’ik Jen

The Sacred Circle Gallery is pleased to showcase the extraordinary work of Yup’ik artist, Jennifer Angaiak Wood. Jen is of Yup’ik, Irish, and Italian descent, and was born and raised in Fairbanks, AK. The Yup’ik side of her family comes from Tununak, AK, on the coast of the Bering Sea. Jennifer started carving masks when she took an Alaska Native Art class in high school, and has been mostly self-taught after the unexpected passing of her teacher, Ron Manook. Since moving to the Seattle area in 2015, she has met and worked with other artists, who are helping her learn to use more traditional tools such as bent knives and adzes. Jennifer’s inspirations include historic masks, stories, and her time spent in Tununak growing up. She usually adds modern materials and concepts to her work, and she uses her art as a way to connect with her Yup’ik heritage and bring a little bit of Yup’ik history into the modern world. She has recently expanded her art practice to include printmaking and painting, though masks are her primary means of artistic expression.

Jen’s solo exhibit will be at the Sacred Circle Gallery at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center (5011 Bernie Whitebear Way, Seattle, WA 98199) from July through September. Her limited edition lino prints are for sale now at our new Ballard Art Gallery, 5337 Ballard Avenue NW. 

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