Tribal Canoe Journey Comes Ashore in Tacoma

For Immediate Release:

July 27, 2014 

Tribal Canoe Journey 2016 comes ashore at Owen’s Beach, Point Defiance in Tacoma, Thursday.  Members of the Puyallup Tribe, members of the group Justice for Jackie will make a presentation to the people regarding the real issues facing Native Americans regarding police brutality. They will also discuss their support and commitment to passing I-873.

There is one group who no one is talking about that is targeted more than everyone else. The racial group most likely to be killed by law enforcement is Native Americans. While Native Americans only make up 0.8 percent of the population, they make up 1.9 percent of all police killings.

Canoe Journey gatherings are rich in meaning and cultural significance. Canoe families travel great distances as their ancestors did and participating in the journey requires physical and spiritual discipline. At each stop, canoe families follow certain protocols. They ask for permission to come ashore, often in their native languages.  

It is a poignant and appropriate place to use native tradition to address one of the most pressing issues facing modern-day tribes, police brutality.

The canoes will come ashore around 10 a.m. 

Remarks from Justice for Jackie will follow soon after.  

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