The Foss Waterway Seaport acknowledges that our facility is specifically situated on the traditional homeland of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, past and present. We honor with gratitude the land itself and the Puyallup Tribe. This acknowledgement does not take the place of authentic relationships with indigenous communities, but serves as a first step in honoring the land we are on. We will make intentional efforts to create inclusive and respectful partnerships that honor Indigenous cultures, histories, identities, and sociopolitical realities. We also have a moral responsibility to fully acknowledge our Indigenous connections, as well as critically reflect on the histories of dispossession and forced removal that have allowed for the growth and survival of our institution. Let us continue to advocate for and partner with our Indigenous neighbors as we continue our lifelong work together as a dynamic and inclusive community.

Adapted from:  https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/school-education/land-acknowledgement