Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Chief Leschi celebrates the class of 2021

Chief Leschi celebrates the class of 2021

By Puyallup Tribal News Staff haʔł ti syayus- Good work to the class of 2021. Chief Leschi Schools celebrated the class of 2021’s graduation on Saturday, June 5. Many students adjusted to virtual school this year, but wouldn't have ever imagined graduating during a pandemic. That said, changes were needed on how the ceremony is usually conducted, due to COVID-19. With social distancing measures and proper protocol in place, many more than expected were able to celebrate in person. Students had a select number of spots available in the actual gym, where families sat in section pods. The CLS staff…
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First Fish Ceremony welcomes back the spring salmon

First Fish Ceremony welcomes back the spring salmon

Photos and story by Puyallup Tribal News Staff The Puyallup Tribe celebrated its annual First Fish Ceremony on Saturday, May 22. Even though many stayed in their cars due to COVID-19 safety precautions, that didn't stop the annual celebration from taking place. Many members shared about the trauma they have experienced as Native people and the devastation it had on our people and our culture. During the event you could witness the healing and revitalization of our people through prayer, songs, dancing, drumming and rattling, even at times a few horns were honked in unison. It was and is always…
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Culture Department to host cedar harvesting June 22 and June 29

Culture Department to host cedar harvesting June 22 and June 29

The Puyallup Culture Department is offering cedar harvesting on June 22 and June 29. Participants are asked to donate half of their harvest to the Culture Department for traditional medicines for Elders, Tribal Members and Community Members. Bring a hatchet, mallet (optional) or wood chisel. The mallet will help the hatchet wedge into cedar bark. COVID-19 precautions, including masks and social distancing, will be in place. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the Puyallup Culture Center, 3509 72nd St E, Tacoma. Transportation will not be provided. Please register for the events online at https://fs10.formsite.com/ss3HCQ/oz00uualin/index.html Find and follow the Puyallup…
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Slow fashion helps reduce landfill waste and carbon footprint

Submitted by the Sustainability Working Group Did you know that sustainability doesn’t only include the food we eat and the garbage we throw out? Sustainability also encompasses the clothing we buy and wear. There is a movement called slow fashion which encourages fashion designers to pledge or launch clothing lines that are sustainable, reducing landfill waste and carbon footprint. Fast fashion is inexpensive clothing produced by mass market retailers. As a reaction to fast fashion, slow fashion is more holistic, intentional and thoughtful. We have all been guilty of mindless retail consumption. Have you gone into a store intending to…
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Culture Department hosts c’abid (camas) harvesting events

Culture Department hosts c’abid (camas) harvesting events

Photos and story by Lisa Pemberton, Puyallup Tribal News Editor When c’abid (camas) plants are in bloom, it’s time to harvest them. The Culture Department hosted COVID-safe camas gathering events on May 8, 15 and 17. The next event is on Wednesday, May 19, at Pacific Lutheran University’s former golf course. The Tribal community is invited to help harvest the roots, which will be served in the meal at the First Fish Ceremony. Cultural Director Connie McCloud said the tribe has an agreement that allows the tribal community to gather in certain locations at PLU, and at the nearby Parkland…
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