Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Indigenous Community Members Recognize Native American Heritage Month

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we connected with members of Seattle’s Indigenous community to commission stories. These stories amplify and honor the people, experiences, and culture connected to Indigenous peoples living in the region.

Read more on the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Volunteers Needed to Advise Master Plan for University of Washington Medical Center, Northwest Campus: We are seeking community members to serve on the Citizen Advisory Committee to help advise the City and the University of Washington on the impacts their Northwest Campus development may have on surrounding neighborhoods and communities. Learn more about the Citizen Advisory Committee.

Budget Committee Approves Proposal for Increased Mental Health Resources for Seattle Students: The City Council Committee unanimously approved Mayor Harrell and Councilmember Mosqueda’s joint proposal which will invest nearly $20 million in mental health services and school-based health centers through 2023 and 2024. Read more about the joint proposal.

Help Advance Equity at the City! Senior Racial Justice Trainer Position Open Now: As part of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, the position will facilitate trainings and revise the existing training curriculum to advance racial equity education at the City. This is an opportunity to innovate new ways of sharing anti-racist knowledge within a government setting. Learn more about the position and how to apply.

Pike Place Park to Close for Renovation and Public Safety Improvements: Victor Steinbrueck Park will be closed from December 2022 until the fall of 2023 as part of a renovation project that will improve sightlines into the park, repair seating, expand lighting, upgrade landscaping, and more. Get more information about the project and projected timeline.

In The Community

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Reciprocity Project Highlights Indigenous Storytelling and Values

A collaboration between Seattle based non-profit, Nia Tero and Upstander Project, Reciprocity Project is a series of seven Indigenous-made documentary short films that combine Native American storytelling with climate awareness and other intersectional movements rooted in Indigenous guardianship, social justice, and human rights.

Read more in South Seattle Emerald.


Native American woman, Virginia Cross, sitting at a table, smiling, with a glass trophy placed in the foreground

Asian Hall of Fame Selects Muckleshoot Chairwoman as First Indigenous Inductee

On November 18, local tribal leader Virginia Cross became the first Indigenous person inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame. Serving as the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe’s chairwoman for over four decades, Cross was chosen for her devotion to economic and educational issues. The Asian Hall of Fame recently expanded the scope of its inductees to recognize Indigenous leaders from all over the world.

Read more in Crosscut.


Share Your Feedback

Participate in Survey to Help Minimize Construction and Travel Impacts in Ballard: Seattle Department and Transportation is looking for community input to understand the travel needs of those who live and work in the Ballard area to help minimize the construction impact of upcoming roadwork. Take the 15th Ave W/NW and Ballard Bridge Paving Project survey.

Help Reimagine Recreation in Seattle! Share Your Feedback on Programs and Services: Seattle Parks and Recreation is asking for feedback to improve community experience with recreation facilities including community centers, teen centers, pools, school-based learning centers, environmental learning centers, and boating and sailing centers. Learn more about how this information will be used and take the survey.

Be Part of Shaping the 2024 Parks and Open Space Plan: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the process of updating the Parks and Open Space Plan to maintain the City’s eligibility for state-administered grants. Get more information about the Plan and learn how you can get involved.

Share Your Input on the Design of the Alki Point Healthy Street: Help the Seattle Department of Transportation by providing feedback on plans and designs to help improve safety for all users on Beach Drive SW and Alki Avenue SW. View designs and share input.