Chief Seattle Club, a nonprofit that provides social services to Seattle’s urban Native people, has a new café featuring Indigenous foods. The name of the café is ?ál?al, pronounced "ahl-ahl."
Trappers have caught nearly a quarter million European green crabs in Washington waters so far in 2022.
A statewide crisis line that debuted earlier this month is the first in the country to be specifically geared toward serving Native American and Alaska Native people, a resource that advocates say is much-needed.
Washington state is home to 29 federally recognized Native American Tribes, but only one Native person currently serves in the state Legislature. That will change next year. Three enrolled members of Native tribes are poised to win their elections this fall.
Powwows for Native American prison inmates in Washington state have been an annual tradition, but they were halted amid pandemic shutdowns. Now, the celebrations in the state’s 12 correctional facilities have returned.
Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978 to help remedy a long history of atrocities committed against Native American families. But now three states and several individuals are challenging the law in the United States Supreme Court, arguing it's unconstitutional. The challenge mostly hinges on a major question: whether tribal membership is a political designation or a racial identity.
In 2017, catastrophic failures at the West Point Treatment Plant in Discovery Park turned into one of the worst infrastructure disasters in the region’s history – sending 30 million gallons of untreated sewage into the Sound.
The Department of Ecology fined King County and ordered improvements.
But smaller spills have continued: In 2018 and 2019 the plant dumped more than six million gallons of untreated or improperly treated sewage into the Puget Sound.
So, the Suquamish Tribe took a big step: In 2020, it announced its intent to sue the County.
It’s funny how stories collide sometimes.
By the time you read this story, what it describes will probably have disappeared beneath the waves.
That’s how it was meant to be -- and how it used to be.