Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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First-Ever Tribal Nations Summit Brings Tribal and Urban Leaders Together with City Government to Create Shared Commitments

On May 2, 2023, the City of Seattle was humbled to host the City of Seattle | Tribal Nations Summit to bring together Tribal and City leaders to strengthen our regional community and better achieve mutual goals through government-to-government engagement. The summit represents a historic opportunity to chart a new future for City-Tribal relations.

Read more in the Front Porch Blog.

Other City News

Community Members Invited to Big Day of Play on August 19: This in-person and virtual event celebrates our city’s diversity and encourages neighbors, communities, and families to have fun, build relationships, and be active together. Learn more about the Big Day of Play event. 

Backpacks for Kids Summer Bash Event Coming to South Park on August 18: The Seattle Police Department is partnering with 1World1Sky and Seattle Parks & Recreation to hand out backpacks filled with school supplies and enjoy food, games, and other activities. Read more about the Backpacks for Kids Summer Bash. 

Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens through August 25: Seattle children ages 1 through 18 years old can enjoy free breakfasts, lunches, and snacks once again this summer through the Seattle Human Services Department’s Summer Food Program. Free meals will be made available at no charge to children across the city. Learn more about this year’s program.

Seattle Home Fair Coming This Fall with In-Person and Virtual Events: Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections will be holding the popular Seattle Home Fair this fall with a virtual event on October 14 and an in-person event on October 21. See a full list of lectures and workshops.

Expanded Public Hours Coming to Several Community Centers This Fall: Seattle Parks and Recreation is proud to announce a $2.1 million investment to expand community center public hours at eight community centers across the city. Read more about the expansion and the facilities that will be impacted.

City of Seattle Invests in Affordable Homeownership Units in Rainier Valley: The Office of Housing will bring 72 new affordable homeownership units to the Rainier Valley community, serving homebuyers with incomes at or below 80% area median income, through an investment of over $7.5 million in funding of proposals for the Rainier Valley Affordable Homeownership Initiative. Read more about the initiative.

Apply to Join Seattle’s Green New Deal Oversight Board by August 28: The Office of Sustainability and Environment is seeking applicants to fill four open seats on Seattle’s Green New Deal Oversight Board. Each position is a three-year term. Learn more about the Green New Deal Oversight Board and how to apply.

Registration Open for Upcoming Nature Programs in Seattle: Seattle Parks and Recreation has opened registration for 10 upcoming nature programs at parks across the city. Check out a list of dates and locations for all upcoming nature programs.

In The Community

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Photo Essay: Umoja Fest 2023

A little drizzle didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the thousands of people who showed up for the annual Umoja Fest, Africatown Heritage Festival & Parade on Saturday, Aug. 5. The two-day festival has been a part of Seafair weekend for decades, and there has been an annual parade in the community for 70 years. This year’s parade featured one of the original members of the Seattle Black Panther Party, Elmer Dixon, as the Grand Parade Marshall. Over 40 groups including the All City Band, the CD Panthers football team and cheer squad, several drill teams, the Seattle Buffalo Soldiers, and numerous other community organizations walked in the parade, which started at 23rd Avenue and East Cherry Street and ended at 23rd Avenue and South Jackson Street, near Judkins Park, the location of the festival.

Check out photos from Umoja Fest in the South Seattle Emerald.


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New Report Outlines Changing Relationship Between Seattle and Tribal Governments

This May, the City of Seattle held its first Tribal Nations Summit since 1855. That’s when tribal representatives were coerced into signing the Treaty of Point Elliott. On Wednesday, the City of Seattle released a report about what happened at that summit, and laid out the commitments the City is making to better work with Tribal governments. The newly formed Indigenous Advisory Council will advise the Mayor, the Seattle City Council, and City departments on policies, budgets, programs, services, and projects directly affecting Indigenous populations. 

Check out the full story on KUOW.

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