Snoqualmie Tribe Provides Flags and Land Acknowledgment in Snoqualmie Valley Schools
The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe recently provided Superintendent Dr. Robert W. Manahan with special flags to be installed in Snoqualmie Valley schools. Land acknowledgment plaques will also be placed near the flags, recognizing that Snoqualmie Valley School District buildings are on the Indigenous Land of Coast Salish peoples who have reserved treaty rights to this land, specifically the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe (sdukʷalbixʷ in their native language).
Our district is grateful for this opportunity to partner with the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, to pay our respect and to help raise awareness about the historical significance of land throughout this region.
“The Snoqualmie Tribe is pleased to work with the Snoqualmie Valley School District on this project,” said Jolene Williams, Snoqualmie Tribal Council Member. “It’s important that students and their families know on whose traditional lands they reside, learn, and work, and that they know that the Snoqualmie people have always been here, and continue to be here and care for these lands.”
The United States Department of Arts and Culture has indicated the importance of land acknowledgment as a means of offering recognition and respect to the Indigenous Peoples of our region and nation. Recognizing tribal land also creates a broader public awareness of the history of Indigenous People, while taking a cue from Indigenous protocols and opening up spaces with reverence and respect.
Dr. Manahan explained “We appreciate the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe’s offer of flags and plaques for us to display throughout Snoqualmie Valley schools. While Chief Kanim Middle School already had a flag from the Tribe, we welcome this opportunity for similar acknowledgement in other SVSD schools. While our district continues to focus on strengthening our school culture and implementing practices that promote diversity, equity and inclusion, these flags and plaques, and the partnership they represent, support these efforts. This opportunity provides a way to show our respect for the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, to honor local history, and to acknowledge their contributions past and present.”
The receiving of Tribal flags and land acknowledgment plaques coincides with the 166th anniversary of the Signing of the Treaty of Point Elliott of 1855. Treaties are contracts between sovereign nations and serve as a key foundation of the Federal government’s relationship with and obligation to the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe. The Treaty of Point Elliott reserved Native American Tribes in the Puget Sound region of Washington State the right to hunt, fish and live in the places they had done so for thousands of years.
At that time, the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe was one of the largest tribes in the region with approximately 4,000 members. Today, the Snoqualmie Tribe has approximately 500 Native American members throughout the Puget Sound region. To learn more about the Tribe’s history, the significance of Snoqualmie Falls to the Tribe, and community services and resources for Tribe members, please visit their website at: https://www.snoqualmietribe.us/.
The Snoqualmie Valley School District is grateful for this generous gift from the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe and values this opportunity to increase our understanding and strengthen our partnership.
Snoqualmie Valley School District Superintendent Dr. Robert Manahan graciously
receives a Tribal flag from Snoqualmie Tribal Councilwoman Jolene R. Williams, MMC.
The Snoqualmie Tribal flags and land acknowledgement plaques will be placed prominently in Snoqualmie Valley schools.