22nd Annual Salmon Homecoming Celebration

SEATTLE, WA (8/19/14)—The 22nd Annual Salmon Homecoming Celebration is set for September 18-20 and Waterfront Park in Seattle will once again come alive with the sounds of Indian dancing, drums and singing and thousands of visitors. This year’s theme, dedicated to the life and memory of the late Billy Frank, Jr., is “Man has responsibility, not power.” The theme is based on a traditional proverb of the Tuscarora Indian Nation, one of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy.

“This year’s theme says a lot about the spirit of Salmon Homecoming and our long time leader, Billy Frank,” said Salmon Homecoming President Walter Pacheco of the Muckleshoot Tribe. “The fact that we borrowed the theme from a tribe on the other side of the country even carries meaning, representing the extensive reach that Chairman Frank had in his lifetime and that his work continues to have today.”

Frank, a Nisqually tribal member who chaired the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission for more than 30 years, passed away at the age of 83 on May 5. He had been an adviser to and supporter of Salmon Homecoming throughout its history. “Billy understood the responsibility spoken about in that Tuscaroran proverb,” said Pacheco. “He knew we are all responsible for the health of the salmon, the environment and the protection of the land, air and water.”

“For 22 years, the Salmon Homecoming Alliance has brought Native American culture and Traditional Environmental Knowledge into the heart of Seattle, providing a unique opportunity for people from all walks of life to learn about and enjoy the many lessons and customs of the indigenous people of this land. It has always been our belief that everyone, regardless of age, gender or vocation is someone of great importance and that—as the Tuscarora proverb indicates, has a responsibility to help take care of the land and natural resources needed to sustain future generations,” said Pacheco.

A coalition of Native American Tribes, the City of Seattle, the State of Washington and King County as well as agencies, businesses and NGOs from across the Puget Sound are joining to sponsor and host the three-day Salmon Homecoming event celebrating Native culture and the importance of salmon to the people of our region – culturally, economically, environmentally & spiritually, Pacheco added.

Thursday and Friday, Sept. 18-19 are School Days on the Waterfront, featuring Native American ceremonies, arts and crafts, storytellers, environmental exhibits (and a venture through the Seattle Aquarium, of course). Saturday, Sept. 20 all of these activities open to the general public, along with a salmon bake, a small pow wow, Northwest gathering and Cedar Canoe Welcoming event.

“We invite one and all to come join us September 20 in celebrating one of the most treasured parts of Northwest heritage, the salmon, in memory of Billy Frank, Jr.” said Pacheco.

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Join Us at the 21st Annual Salmon Homecoming Celebration


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For Immediate Release – September 3, 2013

21st Annual Salmon Homecoming Celebration

School Days • Native Dance • Salmon Bake • Pow Wow • Arts & Crafts

WHAT: Waterfront Park in Seattle will come alive with the sounds of over 1000 schoolchildren, teachers, artists, scientists, vendors, volunteers, Native American dancing, drums and singing. The Salmon Homecoming Alliance, a coalition of local tribes, City of Seattle, state, and county agencies and NGOs from across the Puget Sound are hosting a three-day event celebrating Native culture and the importance of salmon to the people of our region – culturally, economically, environmentally & spiritually.

Join us to celebrate one of the most treasured parts of Seattle’s heritage. Friday evening performances begin at 6pm and will feature Northwest Native Dance Groups, as well as the world famous Aztec Dancers. You’ll be able to purchase a freshly cooked salmon dinner to enjoy during the free performances. On Saturday, the celebration kicks off with a traditional tribal pow wow at noon, a canoe welcoming ceremony at 4pm, plus food and arts & crafts vendors. This event is free, fun for the entire family and not to be missed!

WHERE: Waterfront Park, Pier 57, 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA

WHEN: School Day Environmental Displays: Friday, Sept.19-20, 9:30am – 1:30pm

Dancing, drumming, salmon bake, arts & craft vendors and more: Friday – Saturday. Visit our web site at salmonhomecoming.org for a schedule of events.

Salmon Homecoming Celebration 2013 is sponsored by: Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Seattle Aquarium, Tulalip Tribes, Seattle Public Utilities, Lummi Tribe, Seattle City Light, Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation, Squaxin Island Tribe, Upper Skagit Tribe, Washington Forest Protection Association, CANOES- City of Seattle Native Employees, Stillaguamish Tribe, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, King County, Washington State Department of Ecology and Puget Sound Partnership.

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Contact: Walter Pacheco, walter [dot] pacheco [at] muckleshoot [dot] nsn [dot] us, 253-876-3153

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School Days on the Waterfront

2010 Salmon Homecoming PosterThe Salmon Homecoming Alliance (SHA) is non-profit founded in 2001. Salmon Homecoming Celebration, an annual event hosted in Seattle, honors the fall return of the salmon and introduces local families to Native American culture by providing traditional celebrations and a holistic program of related environmental education activities.

“School Days on the Waterfront” is a vital part of the Salmon Homecoming Celebration. Hosted at the Seattle Aquarium, 4th and 5th grade students from Seattle and beyond will spend a full day touring educational booths, listening to Native story tellers, and being a part of cultural sharing and community.
We are currently recruiting tribal student participation for our 2010 event. Read More »

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Seattle Times | God entrusted the earth to us, so act accordingly

As the world’s human population swells, as our natural resources near depletion, as pollutants decimate forests and cause global warming, we must remember that God created the Earth as a trust and put it in our care.

We must all be better stewards of the Earth.

Local News | God entrusted the earth to us, so act accordingly | Seattle Times Newspaper.

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Unity Accord Forged at Annual Salmon Homecoming Forum

SEATTLE – The theme of the 16th Annual Salmon Homecoming Ceremony, "The Drum Beats for Everyone" led to the development of a Unity Accord on the environment that connected people from all walks of life in the pursuit of stewardship.

American Indians joined with African, Asian, Hispanic, Caucasian and other Americans to craft a "Unity Accord" on the environment at the Salmon Homecoming Forum on Thursday, 9/11. The accord, signed by hundreds of concerned citizens, will be distributed to the president and Congress as well as the governor, the legislature, local and tribal governments and agencies and institutes of all kinds. Read More »

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