1985, the Muckleshoot Tribal School has met in the tribe's community
center, far from the best place for it be.
with the grand opening this week of the new Muckleshoot Tribal School,
kids have their own place with plenty of elbow room and all the
members and local and state dignitaries gathered Wednesday morning
to hear speeches, listen to tribal songs and watch the ribbon cutting
on the sparkling new, 107,000-square-foot school about a mile from
the Cooper's Corner turnoff from State Route 164.
dream has been a dream of decades, said Joseph Martin, assistant
tribal operations manager for education.
present to help launch the school included members of the Muckleshoot
Tribal Council, Auburn School District Superintendent Kip Herren,
State Sens. Claudia Kauffman and Pam Roach, Attorney General Rob
McKenna and Gov. Christine Gregoire.
school consists of a main administration and elementary building,
a middle school building, a high school building and a gymnasium-cafeteria
the amenities are a library, two gymnasiums, computer labs, occupational
educational facilities, a shop, a media production center, athletics
fields to support football, track, soccer, softball and baseball,
a covered play area for small children and nature and interpretive
addition to general academics, the school will offer a Whultshoot
seed language program and an extensive native cultural program.
It can support a student population of 400 students from kindergarten
through 12th grade.
Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Muckleshoot Tribe jointly funded
the multi-million dollar project.
Chairwoman Charlotte Williams spoke with deep emotion.
a tribal school where classroom instruction can be infused with
native culture, the Wultshootseed language and history has been
a dream of the tribe for many years, and today that dream becomes
a reality," said Williams.
beautiful buildings, this wonderful campus represent so much more
than simply a new structure, much more than just another tribal
project," Williams added. "These buildings represent the
culmination of years of planning and hard work and steadfast dedication
of the past and current tribal council, the past and current school
board, the past and current students and their families."
later put her arm around Williams, a fellow member of the Auburn
High School graduating class of 1965.
in high school, how many of you actually thought I'd be governor
and she'd be chair? Our teachers didn't think that," said Gregoire,
is a great day for our children, this is a great day for the Muckleshoot
Tribe. The central part of most of our communities is the school.
It is the heart and soul of a community, and that's exactly what
this school is going to be here the heart and soul of this
community," Gregoire said.
the governor spoke, the happy squeals of children on the playground
could already be heard.
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