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Land Acknowledgment

Duwamish river

We in the Tukwila School District acknowledge that the land where we teach, collaborate, learn and play is the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish and Muckleshoot people past and present and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish and Muckleshoot Tribes. As a public school district we have a responsibility for the stewardship of this land and we recognize the Duwamish and Muckleshoot people who have been living and working here since time immemorial.

We further acknowledge that the burden of environmental exploitation and systemic injustice falls upon the labor of black and brown bodies in the building of this country and its institutions. We remember that black and brown people were born and died working this land against their will for generations. We also acknowledge the continued contribution of the labor of survivors – over the centuries to today – of all immigrant labor, including voluntary, involuntary, trafficked, forced and undocumented peoples in the building of what we refer to as the United States. As a school district leadership, we pledge to recognize and work against systems that have historically and currently enforce and create inequities among the people we serve.

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