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Free Talks to Mark Indigenous Peoples Day

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Free Talks to Mark Indigenous Peoples Day

  • Indigenous Peoples Day

Free and Open to All

Monday, October 8, 2018
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Highline’s main campus
Building 2

Come to Highline to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, where two Native presenters will offer their unique perspectives.

The day offers the chance to reflect on the ongoing struggles of indigenous peoples. It also provide an opportunity to celebrate the thriving culture and value that neighboring tribes and other indigenous nations add to the college. Local tribes include the Duwamish, Muckleshoot and Puyallup.

Highline began official recognition of the day in 2016.


Contact Dr. Tanya Powers at tpowers@highline.edu or (206) 592-3662

Event Schedule

Both talks are free and open to the public and will be held on the college’s main campus in Building 2.

10-11 a.m.

Dr. Denise Bill

Dr. Denise Bill (Muckleshoot): “The Muckleshoot”
Dr. Denise Bill will share her knowledge of the culture and history of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. She currently serves as executive director of higher education at Muckleshoot Tribal College. She has been a teacher, staff development trainer and administrator in public education for more than 20 years, including two years as superintendent of the Muckleshoot Tribal School.

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Hiram-Calf Looking

Hiram-Calf Looking (Blackfeet): “Two-Spirit”
Hiram-Calf Looking of the Northwest Two-Spirit Society will share stories of resilience and powerful sacred roles of two-spirit people. Attendees will learn how the community-based organization works through centering the voices of two-spirits in healing and advocacy.


WHEREAS, Highline College recognizes that the Indigenous Peoples of the lands that would later become known as the Americas have occupied these lands since time immemorial; and

WHEREAS, Highline College recognizes that the college is built upon the homelands and villages of the Indigenous Peoples of this region, without whom the building of the college would not have been possible; and

WHEREAS, Highline College values the many contributions made to our community through Indigenous Peoples’ knowledge, labor, technology, science, philosophy, arts, and the deep cultural contribution that has substantially shaped the character of Highline College; and

WHEREAS, Highline College has a responsibility to oppose the systemic racism towards Indigenous Peoples in the United States, which perpetuates poverty and income inequality, and exacerbates disproportionate health, education, and social stability; and

WHEREAS, Highline College promotes the closing of the equity gap for Indigenous Peoples through policies and practices that reflect the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, ensure greater access and opportunity, and honor our nation’s indigenous roots, history, and contributions; and

WHEREAS, Indigenous Peoples Day was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native Nations to the United Nations sponsored International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas;

AND, WHEREAS, Indigenous Peoples Day offers an opportunity both to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous Peoples and to celebrate the thriving culture and value that our neighboring tribes including Muckleshoot, Puyallup, Duwamish, and other Indigenous nations add to our college.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the second Monday in October shall be declared as Indigenous Peoples Day at Highline College.

Proclamation was signed in September 2016 by Dr. Jack Bermingham, who served as Highline’s president, 2006–2017.