We acknowledge that Volunteers of America Western Washington is on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish Peoples, particularly Tulalip, Snohomish, Stillaguamish, and Sauk-Suiattle.
These tribes and nations ceded millions of acres of land in exchange for a small amount of money and permanent protection by the United States government under the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855. This treaty preserved the right of Native peoples to retain their fishing, hunting, and gathering rights, and it remains as relevant today as it was the day it was signed.
Our responsibility to recognize the injustices of colonization – stolen land, forced assimilation, dispersion, and violence – is the foundation of a pledge to address enduring trauma by becoming better allies to our Tribal communities. We see you. We seek to cultivate authentic relationships and honor our commitments. We respect your sovereignty and right of self-determination.
Accordingly, we challenge all who engage with us in our mission of strengthening our communities to actively support Native peoples. Embrace their narratives, advocate for equitable opportunities, endorse Native-owned businesses, and honor their lands and waters by being a good steward of the earth.