OFFICIAL STATEMENTS from Tribal Council:

On protest at Northwest Detention center - June 29th, 2018

Contrary to reports, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians did not ask the immigration policy protestors to leave their camp outside the Northwest Detention Center on Thursday, June 28. The Tribe does not support the location of the Northwest Detention Center in the Port of Tacoma and we also strongly oppose the for-profit corporation, The Geo Group, for profiting from the separation of immigrant families. The Puyallup Tribal Council calls on our federal leaders to pass thoughtful immigration reform and immediately stop the human injustices that we’re witnessing across the county. Click here to read full statement

Puyallup Indian School 1889
Prayers for Peace at Puyallup Tribe’s Little Wild Wolves Youth and Community Center // Photo by Jenn Squally

On family reunification - June 21st, 2018

Puyallup Tribe of Indians call for the immediate reunification of families in order to minimize the irreparable harm experienced by these children, the most vulnerable of all people, and our most precious resource. As leaders who deal with the effects of historical trauma within our community on a daily basis, and who encourage the implementation of trauma-informed practices, we understand the continued harm that is occurring in these circumstances. Click here to read full statement

Puyallup Indian School 1889
The Puyallup Indian School 1889 // from Washington State Historical Society collection