Interfaith Tribal Relations

This page addresses interfaith relations with the Tribes in our region, on whose land we live – Nisqually Indian Tribe, Squaxin Island Tribe, and Chehalis Confederated Tribes.

This page highlights events and volunteer opportunities sponsored by, involving, and/or pertaining to Tribes and/or tribal concerns in our area.

See the Earth Stewards page for a wrap-up of the tremendous Canoe Journey Paddle to Nisqually July 30-August 6, 2016.



Totem Pole Journey – Seattle
Thursday, Aug 25, 3:00 – 7:30pm


St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral – 1245 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
The faith community gathered with the Lummi Nation House of Tears Carvers to celebrate the victory against coal export at Xwe’chi’eXen (Cherry Point) and to continue to strengthen alliances defending tribal sacred lands and waters.

Read about here:


Right Relations with the Native Peoples of This Land

Beginning in October 2016, Interfaith Works member Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation offered a class in their adult education program called “Right Relations with the Native Peoples of This Land.” The 3 class sessions were Sundays, October 2nd, November 6th, and December 4th 1:00 – 4:00 at OUUC and Tribal Sites. Doug Mackey and Pat Rasmussen of the Learning Right Relations Group led the class.

Here is the description of the class from the OUUC Adult Education 2016 catalog:

Following two earlier sessions of this class in the fall and winter/spring periods, we invite the greater faith community to join OUUC’s search for appropriate expressions of right relationships with the original people of the Salish Sea. During the 3-hour gatherings, the class will meet with members of the Puyallup, Nisqually, and Squaxin Island Tribes to learn how to come to know and walk the path of right relations.

This third series of gatherings will focus chiefly on the following: stories of Chief Leschi: a deeper look into the fish-ins; the history of tribal treaty rights still being lived; and continuing work on an Acknowledgement as a step toward a reconciliation process. We will engage, as well, in the work needed to share these stories—these histories—still being discovered by ordinary citizens and local leaders of our communities.

Newcomers to these evocative and rewarding classes are invited to read about the Naïve Americans that resided for thousands of years in the Olympia/Tumwater are in Pat Rasmussen’s report, What Happened to the Steh-chass People? (available online) and the broader story of the contentious relationships between white settlers and the natives of South Sound, Richard Kluger’s highly recommended Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek.

New participants can look to join veteran class members in working occasionally on projects with tribal members, notably the Totem Pole Journeys established by the Lummi Nation to oppose coal and oil transport and terminals. The 2016 journey of this ongoing practice of forming relations and alliances—expressions of the UU’s commitment to the Rights of Indigenous Nations will take place during the time of this class.

You can register online for this class at The fee is $15.00.



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Chehalis Confederated Tribes