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TULALIP CITIZENS GRIEVE AFTER SCHOOL
TULALIP, Wash. – Leaders and citizens
of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington expressed shock following a fatal
shooting at a local public school that left three young people dead
and three others injured.
News reports identified the shooter as
a 14 year-old tribal citizen who took his life after opening fire at
the Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Oct. 24. Two teenage students
were killed while three others – including two other tribal citizen
– remained in the hospital in critical condition.
Tribal citizens came together on Oct.
26 for a vigil for the victims and their families. Tribal Chairman
Herman Williams said the local community will remain united as the
healing process begins.
“As we grieve in the wake of this
tragedy, the Tulalip Tribes and the City of Marysville stand
together, united in sorrow but determined to bring healing to our
communities," Williams said in a press release. "The strong
working relationship we have built over many years has proven
critical as we continue to respond to this unimaginable event. Our
priority is now on our children and young people.”
Condolences also poured in from Indian
Country. Brian Cloodosby, the chairman of the Swinomish Tribe reached
out to his fellow tribe in Washington. "As a father and
grandfather, my thoughts and prayers are with my Tulalip relatives …
All of Indian Country is holding the Tulalip people in our thoughts
NCAI's executive leaders also offered
a statement in the wake of the tragedy. “We are deeply saddened by
the tragedy that occurred at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on
Friday. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the
victims, the students of Marysville School District, and the Tulalip
“It is at times like these that
Native communities from all across Indian County come together in
support of each other. As Native peoples, we recognize that every
youth is sacred. Each of the young people involved in this tragedy
represent a loss to the Tulalip tribes and Indian Country – they
were sons, daughters, friends, and future leaders of their
HISPANIC CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP JOINS IN
WASHINGTON – The National Council of
La Raza – the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy
organization in the United States – called on the NFL and
Washington football team owner Dan Snyder to change the team’s
The council’s board of directors
unanimously voted in support of the move Oct. 26. “Our brothers and
sisters in the Native American community have been clear and
consistent in their call to change both terms and images that they
consider demeaning. As an organization committed to fairness and
equality for all, NCLR fully supports these efforts,” La Raza
President and chief executive Janet Murguía said in a statement.
“The Latino community well understands that words matter and that
they can denigrate, disparage and dehumanize. We should treat all
people with the respect and dignity they deserve.”
Snyder has promised to keep the name,
which he says honors Native people. The team cited polls showing that
a majority of Americans – and even a majority of Native Americans
in one 10 year-old survey – do not find the team name offensive.
La Raza had previously joined with the
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights – a coalition of
organizations including the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties
Union – in its effort to change the moniker.
Last year, the conference approved a
resolution that called on the team to change its name and “refrain
from the use of any other images, mascots, or behaviors that are or
could be deemed harmful or demeaning to Native American cultures or
“When groups like La Raza, NAACP,
ADL and NCAI are saying in a singular voice that it is time to change
this offensive name, it should serve as a wake-up call to the NFL and
Dan Snyder that they are on the wrong side of history,” spokesman
for the Oneida Indian Nation, Joel Barkin said.
NAVAJO NATION PRESIDENT JOINS
WASHINGTON TEAM OWNER AT GAME
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Ben Shelly, the
president of the Navajo Nation, and his wife Martha sat with the
Washington football team's owner Dan Snyder in a suite during an Oct.
Shelly, who was not re-elected to
office in the tribe's primary in August, said during the summer that
he believes the Washington team name is offensive. In April, the
Navajo Nation attempted to distance itself from a charity golf
tournament designed to raise scholarships for college students that
was sponsored by KTNN-AM (its Navajo-language radio station) and the
Washington team's Original Americans Foundation.
“The Washington [team is] proud to
have President Ben Shelly and the Navajos along with Zuni and other
Western tribes that joined us at the game today,” spokesman Tony
Wyllie, the team's vice president of communications said. “This is
representative of the support we have among Native Americans
Before the game, approximately 75
people protested the team outside the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Signs at the protest, which began three hours prior to kickoff,
featured slogans like, “Game over for racism” and “Snyder can't
buy my support."