Recognizing the Ancestral Lands of the Muckleshoot People
The Auburn School District exists on Indigenous land. Just as our schools and offices exist along the Green and White Rivers, so too did the Smalkamish, St'kamish, and Skopamish, and other Indigenous people, who lived in places like the large village of Ilaqo, Soos Creek, and Burns Creek. We acknowledge the ancestral homelands of the descendents of those who became the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, who were original caretakers of this land, keeping balance and beauty for thousands and thousands of years. We are grateful to respectfully live and work as guests on these lands with the descendants and members of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, who have called this land home since time immemorial and forever more.
This land acknowledgement is one small act in recognizing the importance of continuing to care for the land and acknowledge our important relationship with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.