Screening of the Native Seattle film Princess Angeline

Posted in Native Vote Washington on March 21, 2011 by nativevotewa


Flyer:Princess Angeline showing 4-28-11 flyer

CANOES, the Seattle Public Utilities Race & Social Justice Change Team and the ARWA (Anti-Racist White Allies) present a special noontime screening the film, Princess Angeline.  The film documents the tale of Native Seattle, the treatment and perserverence of the Duwamish people, and the wonderful and vibrant Native culture in Seattle.

At the Downtown Seattle Public Libray, Microsoft Auditorium.  Thursday, April 28 beginning at 11:00 a.m.   A panel discussion to follow featuring Chairwoman Cecile Hansen of the Duwamish Tribe.


2012 – WA State voters mostly Democratic?

Posted in Native Vote Washington on March 10, 2011 by nativevotewa

The Seattle PI’s “strange bedfellows” blog headlines that “There are no Republicans in Washington (Almost)“.

PI political reporter Chris Grygiel notes:

  • 41 percent of the populace is the “Democratic base.”
  • 31 percent are swing voters
  • 29 percent are the “GOP base.
  • The national average is 37 percent Dems, 28 percent “swing” and 35 percent Republican.
  • Only 6 states (Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New York and Maryland) have a smaller percentage of Republican base voters than Washington.

2012 WA Senate and Governor Races

Posted in Native Vote Washington on March 10, 2011 by nativevotewa

University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato says that in 2012, Sen. Maria Cantwell is safe for re-election but that the Governor’s race will be a toss-up if Christine Gregoire does not run for a third term.  He also thinks Obama should carry our state next year.


“Sen. Maria Cantwell (D) is an automatic favorite for reelection to a third term. She doesn’t have a particularly high profile, nor does she have an intense popular following. But she’s a Democrat and an incumbent in a state that isn’t inclined to support Republicans in most circumstances. President Obama should win handily in Washington, as he did in 2008, and that ought to be enough for Cantwell.”


“This is likely to be one of the most competitive gubernatorial elections in the country in 2012. While she has made no formal announcement and has been careful not to disclose her intentions, Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to retire after serving two terms. She has never achieved deep popularity—in part because she was unable to overcome the controversial way she became chief executive in the extremely close, disputed election of 2004. Normally, one would think the Republican nominee, likely to be state Attorney General Rob McKenna, would have an edge. It may work out that way. But Congressman Jay Inslee, the probable Democratic candidate, will be a fierce competitor in a state that has become a Democratic stronghold. President Obama is the favorite to win Washington again in 2012, creating coattails for Inslee. The last Republican to serve as governor in this state was John Spellman, a one-termer elected in 1980. This is the longest gubernatorial dry spell for the GOP in the nation—but sooner or later, dry spells end. Will 2012 be the year?”

Conference: Serving the Legal Needs of Urban Native Americans, March 31, 2011, Seattle

Posted in Native Vote Washington on March 4, 2011 by nativevotewa


We’d like to spread the word to Seattle’s (and beyond) Native American community about a great conference on Thursday, March 31, 2011 in downtown Seattle.  It’s called “Serving the Legal Needs of Urban Native Americans“.   And it’s free!

The conference will focus on the civil rights of urban Indians, as well as an introduction to the human resources that are available to protect those rights and deliver critical health care, housing, shelter, and employment services. 

Featuring well-known Northwest Native American lawyers, advocates, and community leaders, the conference is open to Tribal leaders and members, attorneys, advocates,  law students and anyone interested in helping protect the legal rights of Native people living in urban centers.

The conference is sponsored by the venerable Foster Pepper law firm, which has a Native American practice headed by Greg Guedel, as well as the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities (which Greg also heads) and the Northwest Justice Project.

Register at the website.  The conference is at Foster Pepper 1111 Third Avenue, 30th Floor Conf. Center, Seattle.

John T Williams Day in Seattle

Posted in Native Vote Washington on March 1, 2011 by nativevotewa

OPA Director Kathryn Olsen, Police Chief John Diaz, and the Williams family


Mayor Mike McGinn proclaimed Sunday the 27th “John T Williams Day”, a historic event.   Here is the proclamation in PDF: 206 PROC John T Williams Day 0224 T MM

Deputy Mayor Delivers the Proclamation

Blanket Ceremony for Chief Diaz

Chief to Chief

Pat John leads the Blanket ceremony

Capt Ron Wilson holds the Williams' Family carving

KOMO4 TV interviews Rick Williams

the late John T. Williams Day party on Sunday!

Posted in Native Vote Washington on February 26, 2011 by nativevotewa

Today we are at the “Empowering the Native American Community” training for getting involved in politics and RUNNING FOR OFFICE down at Muckleshoot.  It start’s at 11:00 a.m. and runs until 3:00pm, so get there if you can.

Tomorrow, we will be at the John T. Williams Day celebration!  [Download the Late JTW Day flyer.]

 Seattle Deputy Mayor Daryl Smith will present a proclamation to the Williams family announcing Sunday as John T. Williams Day.  The celebration is at the Chief Seattle Club,  1:30pm to 5:00pm with dancers, drumming, and stories.  It’s a potluck, so please bring chile and frybread!!  It’s open to everyone who wants to come down in a spirit of unity and healing.

Political Campaign Training for Native Americans this Sat. at Muckleshoot

Posted in Native Vote Washington on February 23, 2011 by nativevotewa

Here is the Announcement: Empowering the Native Community Muckelshoot 2-26-11.  Saturday at Muckleshoot.  It’s FREE.  Be there!!

The announcement is on Facebook too. 

Today’s training is meant to engage American Indians and Alaska Natives in the political process through advocacy on key issues and then by taking it a step further and running for political office!

Thanks to the Progressive Majority Action Fund, People of Color for Progress, and the Native Action Network!

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Purpose:  Nuts and Bolts on the Political Process 

10:00 a.m.    Welcome

  • Noel Frame, Washington State Director, Progressive Majority
  • Claudia Kauffman, former State Senator, 47th District

10:30 a.m. Utilizing Civic Participation to Impact Change

  • Linda Mitchell, President of the Board, National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington
  • Sen. Claudia Kauffman

11:00 a.m.  Meeting with Elected Officials

  • Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell
  • Chris Stearns, Native Vote Washington  and Vice-Chair, Seattle Human Rights Comm’n
  • Sen. Claudia Kauffman

 11:30 a.m. Increasing Representation of Native Americans in Public Office

  • Noel Frame
  • Theresa Sheldon, Native Vote Washington  and Tulalip Tribes policy analyst

 12:00 p.m. – Interactive Lunch Activity – Instant Polling Exercise

 1:00 pm. Community Organizing – Facilitated Session

 1:30 p.m. Preparing to Run – Noel Frame

 2:00 p.m. Planning Your Campaign

  • Noel Frame
  • Sen. Claudia Kauffman

 2:30 p.m.  Planning for 2012

  •  Theresa Sheldon
  • Chris Stearns
  • Noel Frame
  • Craig Bill, Director, Governor’s Office for Indian Affairs

 3:00 p.m.  Close

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