Native American Heritage Month











United Way of Pierce County's Land Acknowledgement 
(Original language) and English translation video

We acknowledge that we are on the traditional homelands of the Puyallup Tribe. Though the Medicine Creek Treaty of 1854 removed native peoples to clear way for colonial settlement, the Puyallup people have lived on and stewarded these lands since the beginning of time and continue to do so today.

United Way of Pierce County sends gratitude to the Puyallup Tribe upon whose ancestral lands we reside and work. We commit to uplifting the voices, experiences, and histories of the Indigenous people of this land and beyond.


Register Here for Experience the Puyallup Way Event


Metropolitan Park Association

Foss Seaport Museum 
Puyallup People Coastal Exhibit

WA State Historical Society Museum 9/16- 1/7/2024
Natural Remedy: The Civilian Conservation Corps Exhibit – in WA and Oregon the only chapters that included Native Americans and African Americans

Killers of the Flower Moon- the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
By David Grann

Pow Wow Information
44th Annual Puyallup Tribal Pow Wow 2023 was held 9/1- 9/3/23
A Pow Wow is a Native American tradition that brings together many different tribes and communities. Pow Wows are cultural celebrations that include dancing, singing, socializing, crafts, arts, and food.

Puyallup Tribal News:
2 Sisters are recognized as Pow Wow Royalty

USO stories recognizing the contribution of our Native American Brothers in Arms.

A History of Military Service: Native Americans in the U.S. Military Yesterday and Today · United Service Organizations (

The American Buffalo:
A New Documentary from Ken Burns Now Streaming PBS 2 part series

Grand Cinema Tacoma:
Address: 606 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Before each film preview, The Grand’s land acknowledgement begins with the original Lushootseed Puyallup Tribal language.

'Imagining the Indian:
 The Fight Against Native American Mascoting' - 2023 Theatrical Trailer

Imagining The Indian Film
The award-winning documentary feature 'Imagining the Indian: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting will open exclusively in movie theaters beginning on March 31 in New York, followed by Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Atlanta, Kansas City, Chicago, Phoenix, San Francisco and other cities throughout April.

'Imagining the Indian' is a comprehensive examination of the movement to eradicate the words, images, and gestures that many Native Americans and their allies find demeaning and offensive.
YouTube Videos

Killers of the Flower Moon- the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI The Movie:

48th Annual American Indian Film Festival: 11/3- 11/11/23


Chief Leschi School

“The focus at Chief Leschi is to prepare students to walk successfully in "two worlds".
“We cannot forget the culture that came before our own because only when we know where we have come from can we understand where we are going.” 

Congratulations to the class of 2023 with 100% High School graduation rate!

NATIVE Knowledge 360 * 
Muckleshoot tribe's food sovereignty program

Successful fight to restore salmon habitat in Skagit county -

Salish Cancer Care Center

“Our integrative care includes naturopathic medicine focusing on therapeutic nutrition, diet and herbal medicine, acupuncture, and traditional native spiritual healing. All methodologies are utilized to balance body, mind, emotions, and spirit to restore overall well-being. Individuals of both tribal and non-tribal origin gravitate toward this type of healing and prefer our model of care that addresses cancer holistically.”

The goal is to transform individuals touched by cancer through a sustainable, precise, and integrative approach to healing and wellness.


Edgar Villanueva

United Way welcomes Edgar Villanueva as our Keynote Speaker for Poverty to Possibilities, United Way of Pierce County’s 7th Annual Summit on Poverty. If you have already registered, thank you. 
If you have not, feel free to look at this very thoughtful video our staff would like to share.

Edgar Villanueva video: (which romanticizes our history of colonizing).