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