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Resolution for the Martin Luther King Labor Council to Support the Duwamish Tribe’s Fight for Federal Recognition Status

June 17, 2021

WHEREAS, We live in a city that carries the name of the Duwamish Tribe’s Chief that was the lead signatory of the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855, which led to U.S. settlement in the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) area.

WHEREAS, The U.S. government’s official position on the Duwamish tribe has been held in court limbo for two decades because of a paperwork technicality.

WHEREAS, The United States formally recognizes nearly 600 other Native American tribes and bands.

WHEREAS, Federally recognized tribes have access to federal support for health, education and anti-poverty programs.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, The Martin Luther King Labor Council will endorse, advocate and support the Duwamish Tribe’s fight for federal recognition status.

This support will be in the form of: