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caption: Clockwise from upper left: Maggie Mertens, Russell Brooks, Rachel Heaton, Marcus Harrison Green, Robin Little Wing Sigo and Fern Renville. 
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Clockwise from upper left: Maggie Mertens, Russell Brooks, Rachel Heaton, Marcus Harrison Green, Robin Little Wing Sigo and Fern Renville.
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Indigenous Reparation and Recognition in Seattle

When we’re out at public speaking venues in Seattle these days-- if we’re out in public at all —we’re likely to hear some version of this statement:

“We acknowledge that we are on the traditional land of the Coast Salish people, including the Duwamish People past and present.”

It has become de rigueur for organizations to make such acknowledgements, but they are just words. They seek to honor the people who lived here before us, people who live here still, but is that enough?

This past January, reporter Marcus Harrison Green wrote an article titled “Does a Wealthy City Owe Its First Residents Reparations?” This panel discussion addresses that question and explores ways we might better recognize the legacy and current reality of the people we displaced.

Bitterroot Magazine managing editor Maggie Mertens moderated the conversation, which included the following participants:

Town Hall Seattle, the South Seattle Emerald and Bitterroot presented this discussion at Town Hall on January 22.