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PASD employees joined members of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe for the 20th Annual School District Potlatch

PASD employees joined members of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe for the 20th Annual School District Potlatch
Posted on 12/18/2017
PASD employees joined members of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe for the 20th Annual School District PotlatchFrom the Elwha Klallam Tribe December 2017 Newsletter:

The Elwha Klallam Tribe hosted the 20th Annual School District Potlatch ---The Story of Our People---on Thursday, November 30 at the Tribal Center gymnasium.  Approximately 250 people attended the evening.  Tribal members, families, Port Angeles School teachers and representatives, along with tribal staff, joined for an evening of sharing Elwha culture, history and delicious food.  An educational Resource Fair was offered in the gym.

karenThe focus this year was on the historic accomplishments of the Tribe.  As recognized by the United States in 1855’s Treat of Point No Point, the Tribe has lived in this area since time immemorial.  The Tribe’s current land base was initially acquired by the United States in trust for the Tribe in 1935-36 and these lands were proclaimed as the Lower Elwha Reservation in 1968.

“We cannot forget to continue to honor the three members: Gilbert Charles/Chairman, Viola “Ollie” Cagey/Secretary, and LaVerne Hepfer, who served on Tribal Council in 1968 when we were federally recognized.  And hands are raised to the past and present Tribal Councils who served our Tribal Government and Community through these past fifty years,” said Jonathan Arakawa.

eleJamie Valadez, tribal member and Port Angeles Klallam language teacher, invited tribal students to participate in the evening activities.  Elementary school students sang the Klallam Welcome Song.  Middle school students presented a video of school activities at Stevens Middle School.  Payton Cagey told the story of his Grandmother Viola when she served as Secretary on Tribal Council, and of camping at Deep Creek.  High School students, including Jonathan Arakawa, Peyton Cable, and Bonnie Peters, spoke of tribal history after receiving federal recognition.

Thanks to the Education staff, students, other departments’ participation, volunteers and families that helped to make this evening a huge success!

marcoSuperintendent Marc Jackson presented a check to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe leadership during the Nov 30 Potlatch. The funds are used to promote cultural exchanges such as the annual potlatch event held at the Lower Elwha Tribal Center, and to increase cultural awareness between communities.

For additional assistance, please contact:

M. Patsene Dashiell
Communications & Community Relations Coordinator
pdashiell@portangelesschools.org
Ph: 360-565-3703
Port Angeles School District
Central Services – 216 East 4th Street
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