In celebration of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians’ 2018 Paddle to Puyallup Canoe Journey, the City of Tacoma will raise the Puyallup Nation flag at the Tacoma Municipal Building. The event will take place on July 27 at 11 a.m. at Ben Gilbert Park, adjacent to Tacoma Municipal Building North, at the intersection of Market Street and St. Helens Avenue.
“It is a great honor for the City of Tacoma to celebrate and support the 2018 Paddle to Puyallup Canoe Journey,” said Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards. “This event, hosted by the Puyallup Tribe, provides all of us with a special chance to learn more about the Native Nations visiting from all over the region, the country, and across the globe, and to deepen our understanding of this significant spiritual and cultural tradition.”
On July 28, more than 120 canoes will land at 4224 Marine View Drive to begin this celebration of Indigenous culture.
“We would like to thank the City of Tacoma for their recognition of this sacred journey and celebration. Together, we are honored by the raising of our Nation’s flag and your generous support. We invite the community to join the more than 120 canoe families making their journey to Puyallup Nation homelands in this historic celebration. We gather with fellow tribes during this journey to honor a shared bond, preserve the ways, lands and waters of ancestors,” said Puyallup Tribal Council Chairman Bill Sterud.
The flag raising is part of a Tacoma City Council resolution approved on July 17, which also included a $25,000 sponsorship and in-kind services to support the event.
Following the 2018 Paddle to Puyallup Canoe Journey, the City of Tacoma will partner with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians to place the Puyallup Nation flag on permanent display within the Tacoma City Council Chambers (747 Market St., 1st Floor).
Those who would like to volunteer or learn more about the 2018 Paddle to Puyallup Canoe Journey can visit paddletopuyallup.org.