United Indians staff has been engaged in conversation all week weighing the risks of hosting a large community event in light of recent developments around COVID-19. We will always prioritize the health and wellbeing of our community, and thus, have chosen to postpone the 50th Anniversary of the Fort Lawton Takeover until July around our annual Seafair Indian Days Powwow. Recognizing that many of our guests would be Elders and young children, we have chosen to eliminate any risk of spread the March 8th event could contribute to. We have been so grateful for your support and excitement around this event, and apologize for any disappointment or inconvenience this may bring. Thank you.



Come celebrate with us (NEW DATE TBA), as we honor those who fought tirelessly for the creation of Daybreak Star as a social and cultural home for our local urban Native community.

In 1970, in response to disproportionate rates of poverty and little access to necessary health and social services, hundreds of Native activists and their allies occupied Fort Lawton, a recently decommissioned U.S. Army Base. This grueling month long occupation, met with both outside support as well as military and police violence, resulted in activists obtaining a lease to nineteen acres of land in what is now known as Discovery Park, and the eventual creation of Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. Since our founding in 1970 by beloved leader Bernie Whitebear, United Indians’ has grown to support ten different programs which serve 1,000 clients each year and provide a whole host of critical services and cultural activities.

Join us as we march down Bernie Whitebear Way in recognition of the powerful work of past and present activists in uplifting our Urban Native community, and stay for a free community meal.


43rd Anniversary Celebration – A Brief History of Daybreak Star