The Land Use Acknowledgement task force in association w/SEM and Racial Justice obtained approval of a proposal asking for a donations to Seattle Indian Health Board and to Chief Seattle Club w/inclusion that advocacy letters would also be requested to be written. The proposal was approved by the Love and Justice committee and monies were sent from UCUCC to the agencies last week.
We are hoping that UCUCC members will consider sending an e-mail or letter to the recipients identified in the attached ‘sample messages’ document asking for them to advocate that Native Americans receive needed testing and health services during the covid-19 pandemic. We appreciate your taking time to write letters as a way to honor Native Americans who were to receive health care in exchange for ceding title to their territories. These agencies are now seriously in need of the federal and local governments to provide adequate health care resources.
Sample Message re Seattle Indian Health Board: As a citizen of Washington State, I am writing to urge you to advocate now for tribal communities to receive adequate public health resources during this covid-19 epidemic. The Seattle Indian Health Board is a critical community health center and is in serious need of testing supplies and additional health care services at this time. As you know, one of the treaty promises in exchange for ceding title to their territories was health care for their people. Our church is donating $2500. to this organization because we believe it is so important for these treaty promises to be honored. As government representatives, please join us on this call for advocacy.
Send to: Sen. Maria Cantwell @: https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form Sen. Patty Murray @: https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme and REP Pramila Jayapal@https://www.jayapal.house.gov
Sample Message re Chief Seattle Club: “As a constituent of your district, I am writing to urge you to advocate for additional health and ?nancial resources needed by the Chief Seattle Club as a result of the covid-19 pandemic. The Chief Seattle Club provides food, medical support and housing support for Native Americans who live in the Seattle area. Native people are 10 times more likely to experience homelessness in King County and are highly vulnerable to covid-19. As you know, one of the treaty responses in exchange for ceding title to their territories was health care for their people. Our church is donating $2500 to this organization because we believe it is so important for these treaty promises to be honored. As city leaders, please join us on this call for advocacy.
See @www.seattlegov. for Seattle City Council members e-mail addresses to send to: Alex Pedersen, Debora Juarez, Kshama Sawant, Andrew Lewis, M. Lorena González, Lisa Herbold, Dan Strauss, Teresa Mosqueda ,or Tammy Morales.