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Chief Seattle Club will host virtual lunch-and-learn events from October 19-23. The events will include a Q&A with U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo, and discussions with other leading Native voices about how Indigenous cultures and approaches are solving homelessness issues.

Viewers will also get an inside look into Chief Seattle Club’s future Indigenous foods programs and the organization’s current and future housing projects, which, by 2022, will provide housing for more than 220 urban Indian households.

On the final day, Chief Seattle Club will honor two of its pivotal leaders — Denise Stiffarm and Tricia Trainer — for their decades of service on Chief Seattle Club’s board of directors and commitment to Seattle’s urban Indian community. The event will be the inauguration of the Stiffarm Visionary Leadership Award and Tricia Trainer Spirit Award, which the organization will give to community leaders annually.

Denise Stiffarm (Aaniiih Nation – Gros Ventre) served on the Chief Seattle Club Board of Directors from 2002 to 2019, and as Board Chair from 2008 to 2017. During her time as Chair, the organization moved into its first permanent home and expanded its services and annual budget year after year. Denise is a partner at Pacifica Law Group and has a long history and commitment to community volunteer activities. Denise’s involvement with the Chief Seattle Club followed the leadership of her uncle, the late Benjamin Stiffarm Sr., who was one of the original founders of Chief Seattle Club in 1970. 

Tricia Trainer served on Chief Seattle Club’s board of directors for nearly 30 years. She is an ally, volunteer, and donor of Chief Seattle Club, and has dedicated decades of her life to solving homelessness.   

“This is a momentous time in Chief Seattle Club’s 50 year history,” said Colleen Echohawk, Executive Director of Chief Seattle Club. “From donations and the support of our partners, we’ve been able to increase the number of services we offer to our relatives year after year. It has always been a dream of ours to offer housing to our community and it is now possible.”


All the events throughout the week are virtual and will broadcast simultaneously from 12:30-1:30 p.m. PST on Facebook live, YouTube, and the Chief Seattle Club website. The public is invited to join the events. RSVP at chiefseattleclub.orgMonday, Oct. 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m. PST

Conversation with Supaman

A live-streamed discussion between Christian Parrish Takes the Gun (Apsaalooke Nation), aka Supaman, and Colleen Echohawk (Pawnee/Athabascan) to reflect on Indigenous resilience, determination, and living in wellness and recovery.Tuesday, Oct. 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m. PST

Day in the life at Chief Seattle Club

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An inside look into how Chief Seattle Club integrates traditional values into solving issues related to homelessness. Also, get a glimpse into the organization’s current and future housing projects, which, by 2022, will provide housing for more than 220 urban Indian households. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m. PST

United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

Chief Seattle Club presents U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo (Mvskoke/Creek Nation), followed by an interview and audience Q&A conducted by community and arts influencer, Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole/Black).Thursday, Oct. 22, 12:30-1:30 p.m. PST

Introducing Chief Seattle Club’s Sovereignty Farm job rehabilitation, social enterprise, and traditional foods program

Chief Seattle Club’s job rehabilitation program, Native Works, will introduce its new seed-to-table social enterprise, Sovereignty Farm, that will provide opportunities for Indigenous elders, apprentices, artisans, and farmers to grow and serve traditional foods. Hear from prominent voices in Native agriculture who share a vision for traditional foods and medicines.Friday, Oct. 23, 12:30-1:30 p.m. PST

Celebrating 50 Years of Chief Seattle Club: History and Tributes

Reflections on the growth of Chief Seattle Club’s services and programs over the past 50 years. This lunchtime session will honor Denise Stiffarm (Aaniiih Nation–Gros Ventre) and Tricia Trainer, and will be the inauguration of the Stiffarm Visionary Leadership Award and Tricia Trainer Spirit Award to honor community leaders committed to solving homelessness for urban Indian communities.

About Chief Seattle Club

Chief Seattle Club is a 501(c)(3) registered organization that is dedicated to and provides a sacred space to nurture, affirm, and renew the spirit of urban Native people. At Chief Seattle Club's Day Center in the Pioneer Square district of downtown Seattle, the organization offers services for its members that includes meals, primary heath care, housing assistance, an urban Indian legal clinic, a Native art job training program, and frequent outings to cultural and community-building events.


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