(Photo Credit: Alec Miller)

Pratt Fine Arts Center recognizes that we are on stolen land. As an organization, we occupy the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. This includes the Duwamish People, past, present and future, whom we recognize as the original stewards of the land. 

As we acknowledge the city of Seattle’s true history, it is our responsibility to continue to:

  • Understand our position in relation to the lands we occupy
  • Disrupt Indigenous erasure, colonization, and oppression 
  • And honor the cultural heritages of Indigenous community members

Chief Si'ahl and Native leaders reluctantly signed the Treaty of Point Elliott on January 22, 1855. All Tribes represented at the signing were guaranteed services, hunting and fishing rights, and reservations in exchange for over 54,000 acres of the Duwamish Tribe's homeland.

To this day, Treaty promises made by the U.S. government to the Duwamish have not been honored.

As a community, we invite you to take action along with Pratt. Please see below for links to actionable items. We recognize that this does not take the place of authentic relationship building and community collaboration, an area in which we must make strides. 

Thank you for joining Pratt Fine Arts Center as we make this land acknowledgment and stand for action as a Pratt community moving forward.