A Vision for the Urban Indian Community
Assessment of Assets and Opportunities
of the King County Urban Indian Population
Together We Can Lift Up the Sky
In June 2014, the United Way of King County published the report “A Vision for the Urban Indian Community: Assessment of Assets and Opportunities of the King County Urban Indian Population.” It was developed through community meetings in three areas of Seattle-King County, using a progressive model of community planning and multiple interviews with local American Indian and Alaska Native people. It includes previously unpublished research from the Seattle school district and the Seattle Housing Authority.
Long ago, the people of Puget Sound solved the challenge of a sky that rested too low upon them, so low they couldn’t stand up straight. Many different tribes consulted their elders. They worked together, using long poles, until they pushed the sky up to where it is today. Their burden was lifted. They were happy. Working together, they could do anything—even lift up the sky.