The March Montlake Flyer features a letter from Cecile A. Hansen, Chairperson of the Duwamish Tribal Council, and great, great grandniece of Chief Seattle.
As the indigenous people of this area, we, like the 520 Coalition group, are the minority. The Duwamish were banned from their indigenous lands and waters, essentially the City of Seattle, over 150 years ago and most (if not all) the city is built on top of our ancestral homelands and our longhouses which were burned. Today, we have recently learned (from an anonymous SDOT worker) that our artifacts are still being discarded and thrown away like trash. So today, we feel if there is any natural beauty left to this land then just let it be and stop invading the homes of your own ancestors in the name of progress. We feel enough is enough already!
The Duwamish Tribe appreciates the bounty of the (swatifted) world’s South Portage Bay area; it is rich with natural resources like plant, animal, and water fowl. It’s been a long time since it was so and so we wish to acknowledge and support the Montlake Community Club and The Coalition for a Sustainable SR-520 group in their efforts to protect the same such bounty. We declare that Seattle’s own South Portage Bay area can be counted as one of the cities few remaining gems.
We hereby declare in formal written statement that the Duwamish Tribal Council acknowledges and supports the Mountlake Community Club and The Coalition for a Sustainable SR-520 group for their efforts, on behalf of all of us, to protect this precious land.