Stand with the Duwamish: A Forum with Duwamish Tribal Chair The Hon. Cecile Hansen

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SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 6:30–7:30 P.M., in the cathedral nave and livestreamed

For over 35 years, Cecile Hansen has been the elected chair of the Duwamish Tribe. She is the great-great grandniece of Chief Si’ahl’. On Sunday, April 3, Cecile Hansen will speak at Saint Mark’s Cathedral on the efforts of the Duwamish Tribe to gain federal recognition and how faith communities and citizens of Seattle can be allies with the Duwamish in support of their cause. She will also share about environmental and cultural projects the Duwamish are engaged in currently and in the coming months, while offering an historical perspective that invites us all to honor with gratitude the land itself and the life of the Duwamish Tribe.

The forum will also provide occasion for participants to ask questions of Chair Hansen. All Saint Mark’s parishioners are encouraged to attend this important forum as we seek to deepen the relationship with the Duwamish on whose ancestral land we gather. The event will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person.

In 2021, the Saint Mark’s Vestry approved a Land Acknowledgment, with counsel provided by Cecile Hansen and others in the Tribe: We acknowledge that Saint Mark’s Cathedral gathers on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish people, who are still here, and we honor with gratitude the land itself and the life of all Coast Salish tribes. The statement informs a commitment to intentional education, listening, learning, and seeking wisdom from the Duwamish with whom we seek deeper ties. Saint Mark’s Cathedral, and many of its members, also pay

Real Rent to stand in solidarity with the First Peoples of the land on which we live and gather for worship. Several groups from Saint Mark’s have visited the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, and additional group visits will be forming in the coming weeks.

UPDATE: A complete video may be seen below.

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