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.
Every community owes its existence and vitality to generations from around the world who contributed to making the history that led to this moment. We recognize that all of us at UW Tacoma learn, live, and work on or near the unceded territory of the Coast Salish people. In particular, our campus is situated on the traditional lands of the Puyallup Tribe. As we gather virtually, we also want to acknowledge the lands of the Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Suquamish, Snohomish, Sammamish, Duwamish, and all traditional lands on which we live and work. We want to acknowledge the histories of dispossession and forced removal and reflect on this history in ways that honor the memory of those dispossessed and keep us committed to the cause of social justice for indigenous populations.