Real Change Features Sacred Circle Opening

Guardipee native american art seattleHaving an exhibit at Daybreak Star, which provides a spiritual and cultural base for urban Natives in the Seattle area, is a return to the past for Guardipee.

He is now a Seattle resident who travels year-round, but when he first arrived as an up-and-coming artist, he said the center made him feel at home. His whole family has been involved in programs of the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation (uiatf), which operates the center. At the exhibit, two posters he designed for past uiatf powwows were on display.

But for many, Guardipee’s exhibit is more a sign of the future.

Katherine Cleland, uiatf project coordinator, said the gallery opening and Guardipee exhibit signify a revival of Daybreak Star.

At the end of 2013, the center was facing a financial crisis and possible closure.

“The mood was just so somber, and people were so worried,” Cleland said. “This is the first tangible manifestation of a rebirth.”

http://realchangenews.org/2015/02/18/keeping-his-tribe-alive

Feb 7th Declared “Native American Expulsion Remembrance Day”

Did you know that Seattle Banned Native Americans from living within the city limits?

February 7th now designated as Native American Expulsion Remembrance Day in King County.

The proclamation comes in response to the 150 year old ordinance to ban Native peoples from Seattle city limits.

Section 1 of Seattle Ordinance No. 5 stated:

“Be it ordained by the Board of Trustees of the Town of Seattle, That no Indian or Indians shall be permitted to reside, or locate their residences on any street, highway, lane, or alley or any vacant lot in the town of Seattle, from a point known as the South side of Chas. Plummer’s ten acre lot to a point known as the South side of Bell’s land claim.”

 

Artist Andrew Morrison Hired as Sacred Circle Gallery Manager

United Indians is Re-opening Sacred Circle Gallery and Gift Shop with a grant from Seattle’s Art Means Business Program

United Indians of All Tribes Foundation is excited to announce the hiring of Artist Andrew Morrison as the Gallery and Gift Shop manager for the Sacred Circle Gallery at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Seattle’s Discovery Park.

A Seattle native, Mr. Morrison is a professionally trained artist, with Native American roots. Mr. Morrison was born into both a Native American Haida carving family from Hydaburg, AK and an Apache language speaking family from the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Bylas, AZ. He has studied Northwest Coastal Native American artwork his entire life and has studied Native American symbolism. Mr. Morrison is best known in Seattle for his “Great Murals of Indian Heritage” at Wilson Pacific School. Mr. Morrison will bring his unique vision to Daybreak Star’s Sacred Circle Gallery as Gallery Manager and Curator.

His unique approach will come from his perspective on Native American culture and art. Mr Morrison says, “The Native American culture revolves around the visual artwork that decorates our regalia, longhouses, teepees, entry ways, canoes, personal garments, currency, and spirituality. Visually, the arts give our Native American culture a face. The beadwork, traditional colors, traditional foods, traditional prayers, and traditional artwork of our Native American culture give birth to our modern culture. A rebirth of the Sacred Circle Art Gallery will strive to maintain a fresh presentation, strive to represents Native artists, and treat Native artists with the respect that they, their families, and their tribes deserve.”

The Sacred Circle Gallery at United Indians has been a premier location to showcase traditional and contemporary Native American Art from leading Artists throughout the United States.

This position is funded in part, by a grant from Seattle’s Art Means Business Program.

About Andew Morrison: Mr. Morrison has been professionally trained at the Rhode Island School of Design, and has a degree in Art from Tufts University. His murals are featured at Wilson Pacific school in Seattle, and his artwork has been featured at the Trickster Gallery in Chicago, Sacred Circle Gallery at Daybreak Star in Seattle, and at the Rhode Island School of Design Gallery. http://andrewmorrison.org/

About United Indians of All Tribes Foundation:
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.
www.unitedindians.org

About Art Means Business:
The purpose of Seattle’s Arts Mean Business 2.0 funding opportunity is to create greater equity and inclusiveness in Seattle by funding pivotal arts jobs for arts, cultural and heritage organizations that serve under-represented communities.
http://www.seattle.gov/arts/funding/arts_mean_business.asp

Support United Indians- Indiegogo Campaign

We need your help!  Keep our programs going and center open-  Double Your Donation thru 12-15 (up to $2000) matchingifts

Every year, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation brings culturally-enriching activities, and programming that changes lives, to thousands of Native Americans.

Important Programs for United Indians

We help mothers find safety, find foster homes for foster kids, help homeless youth to get skills, get jobs and permanent housing, adults to find jobs and careers, and we revitalize Native cultures and traditions in every community member, infant to Elder. As we enter our 45th year as the heart of Seattle’s urban Indian community, we’re asking you to show us you care. Won’t you make a donation today? https://www.indiegogo.com/…/together-united-we-c…/x/2576312…

Amazon will donate when you shop!

amazonsmileAmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and Daybreak Star, every time you shop. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to United Indians.

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to United Indians. Bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-0889016  and support Daybreak Star every time you shop.  And if you have an Amazon.com online account, you can use your same account.  Simply go to amazon.com and log in, then click the link to amazonsmile.

This is a great way to help so many others simply by doing what you would already do – shop online.  Shop and Smile… with AmazonSmile, for UIATF and our community!

 

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.

Native American Hip Hop Artists Rally to Save the Seafair Pow Wow

Photo: Ramona Ridgewell

From Northwest Music Scene Contributed by Ramona Ridgewell

On Friday night March 7th, there was an all Native hip hop concert at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center to benefit the Seafair Pow Wow. Due to budget cuts last year, Seafair Pow Wow did not take place. A group of Native Hip Hop artists decided to try to make a difference and help make it possible to have the Pow Wow this year by donating their time and talent to put on this fund-raiser concert….

 

http://www.northwestmusicscene.com/2014/03/native-american-hip-hop-artists-rally-to-save-the-seafair-pow-wow/