In October 2014, the Seattle School District Board of Directors formally replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day by signing a proclamation and recognizing the contributions of native peoples.
On Monday, October 14, 2019, schools across the district will recognize the importance of the day. Indigenous People’s Day promotes Native American culture and commemorates Native American history.
In Washington state there are 29 federally recognized Native American tribes. Seattle was named for Chief Sealth of the Duwamish Tribe and the Suquamish Tribe. Within Seattle Public Schools, approximately 1,600 students identify as Native American with at least 200 tribes represented by students throughout the district.
Earlier this year, the district’s “I am Native” video won the Video Communicator Award of Excellence from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. The short film showcases Native Seattle Public School high school students and staff sharing their stories, hopes, and dreams for the future.