Category Archives: Events

2nd Annual Indigenous Peoples Olympia


Monday, 10/10/2016 – 10/10/2016:
2nd Annual Indigenous People’s Day 2016
Time: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Event type: Public
Location: Heritage Park – 5th & Water Street lawns


Evolvement 4 Water 2016

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Water is Life – Day of Awareness

When: Saturday, August 20, 2016

Where: Artesian Well

415 4 th Ave SE, Olympia.

Paddle to Nisqually 2016

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Date of Release: May 10, 2016
Contact:· Kellie Purce Braseth· 360.753.8361·
Port of Olympia and City of Olympia team with Nisqually Indian Tribe for Canoe Journey Landing in July
OLYMPIA – The City of Olympia and the Port of Olympia are proud to partner with the Nisqually Indian Tribe as they host the 2016 Paddle to Nisqually Canoe Journey landing in downtown Olympia on July 30, 2016. “The cooperation between the tribe and Port of Olympia and City of Olympia is good and much of the downtown planning is being completed by them for the July 30 Landing Day,” said Farron McCloud, Chairman of the Nisqually Indian Tribe. The Landing Day events will take place at NorthPoint at the tip of the Port of Olympia peninsula. The tribe is expecting approximately 18,000 people to attend and witness the landing of more than 120 canoes representing more than 50 tribes from the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Alaska. “The City of Olympia is honored to partner with our neighbors, the Nisqually Indian Tribe, and support this historic cultural event,” said Cheryl Selby, Mayor of Olympia. Port Commissioner Bill McGregor stated, “As we work with the Nisqually Indian Tribe on the canoe landing, we learn about their history and culture and our respect for them continues to grow. We are honored to have a role in this historic event.”
Parking/Free Shuttle.
The public can find parking in designated downtown parking lots or on the street. Access to Marine Drive will be restricted beginning at the Marine Drive – Jefferson Street intersection and the Market Street – Franklin Street intersection where a free shuttle service will begin at 10:00 a.m. The DASH bus will run its regular route with stops at the Farmers Market.
Launch Ramp-Moorage Closures.
The Swantown launch ramp will be closed on July 30th. The nearest launch ramp is Boston Harbor Marina. Swantown and Port Plaza guest moorage will be reserved for support boats from July 29 through Aug. 8.
Food and merchant vendors will be available at the site and the Hearthfire Restaurant will remain open with reservations recommended.
Green Event.
Organizers are working to make Landing Day a green event. Attendees are being encouraged to bring their own water bottles to the venue and a priority has been placed on recycling and recyclable materials.
Volunteers/Food Vendors.
The Port and City are seeking volunteers and food vendors for the July 30 event. To sign up as a volunteer or vendor for Landing Day, July 30, visit the Port of Olympia’s website at From July 31 to Aug. 6, 2016, the canoe journey events will move to the Nisqually Indian Reservation where most of the protocol events will be held on a 40-acre site prepared for seven days of dancing, storytelling, visiting, and protocol. Planning and implementation of this part of the historic event is being completed by a canoe journey committee composed of volunteers and employees of the Nisqually Tribe, under the direction of McCloud and the Nisqually Tribal Council.
For additional information:
Nisqually Indian Tribe and Canoe Journey Information
Farron McCloud, Chairman, Nisqually Indian Tribe
360.456.5221 ext. 1238 –
Nisqually Indian Tribe Canoe Journey Public Relations
Sheila McCloud, Tribal Council Secretary, Nisqually Indian Tribe
360.456.5221 ext. 1227 –
City of Olympia, Parking/Shuttle/Food Vendor Information
Kellie Purce Braseth, Strategic Communications Director, City of Olympia
360.753.8361 –
Port of Olympia, Port Facility/Volunteer Information
Jennie Foglia-Jones, Marketing & Community Relations Coordinator, Port of Olympia 360.528.8005 –

Free showing of the film: Incident at Oglala


Free showing of the film: Incident at Oglala

February 26th, 2016
906 Columbia Street SE Olympia 98501 David William Building 2nd Floor
Olympia, WA 98506
Robert Redford narrates this documentary about the violent events that took place in 1975 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Indian activists ended up in an extended standoff with FBI agents, and the result was several deaths, including two FBI agents whose killing was never clearly attributed to a specific gunman. Nevertheless, the government laid blame for the killing on Leonard Peltier, a Sioux political leader and activist with the American Indian Movement. Peltier has been in prison since 1977. The film details the brutal federal policies towards Indian people and the discrepancies in the government’s case against Peltier.
Other Links
Downtown Olympia mural honors Native American activist
Mural Unveiled in Honor of Leonard Peltier | Cooper Point
Chauncey Peltier – Mask Magazine
Let Leonard Peltier Paint –
‘I’m Going to See Your Cop-Killing Dad Never Sees Freedom’
FBI interferes with exhibit of work by the renowned Native
Paintings by Leonard Peltier Hosted by The Olympia Food
Who is Leonard Peltier





World Peace and Prayer Day 2015


LIVE performance of Métis music with fiddlers Sono Hashisaki of Seattle & Jamie Fox of Montana.

Tune into KAOS Sunday Jan. 25th, 2015  from 4-6pm on “Make No Bones About It” with Raven Redbone for a LIVE performance of Métis music with fiddlers  Sono Hashisaki of Seattle & Jamie Fox of Montana.

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 Photo by Steve Zemke.

BIO for Sono Hashisaki


Jamie Fox – Bio


Will also be joined by Alex Lamoureux , Metis from Canada


Alex has been following his mom Patti around to old time dances growing up, and has always had a fiddle in his hand for as long as he can remember. Alex is currently the 4 time Manitoba fiddle Champion, 5 time Manitoba Metis fiddle champion, 2013 Grand North American fiddle champion, and has placed in the top 10 four times at the Canadian Grand Masters. Alex loves to teach, and perform regularly across Canada, and in 2010 performed at the First Medal Ceremony at the Olympics in Vancouver.

Jewell James, ot the Lummi Nation on KAOS radio 89.3 fm, July 13, 2014, 5:00-5:30pm

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The journey to bring attention to the adverse effects on Native and non-Native communities in the path of the coal, Bakken oil, and tarsands oil. The 18-food totem pole, carved by Jewell James, will begin its journey on the west coast in mid-August and culminate in early September when it will be raised at Peace River, in the heart of the tarsands territory in Alberta. Please show support in any way you can.

Services planned for Billy Frank Jr.


Services planned for Billy Frank Jr.
May 7th, 2014

Funeral services for Billy Frank Jr. will be held 10 a.m. Sunday, May 11 in the Squaxin Island Tribe’s event center at the Little Creek Casino Resort, 91 W State Route 108, Shelton.

 He will be interred at the Chief Leschi Cemetery, 2249 Reservation Road, just north of the ballfields. A dinner will follow at the Squaxin Tribe’s event center.

A public viewing will be held on Saturday, May 10 from noon to 5 p.m. at Mills and Mills Funeral Home, 5725 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater.

Donations are being accepted by the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission for the Billy Frank Services Fund. Send donations to the NWIFC, 6730 Martin Way E., Olympia, Wash. 98516.

Donations can also be made to the Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Forever Fund in care of Salmon Defense, PO Box 7431, Olympia, Wash. An online memorial to the life and legacy of Billy Frank Jr. is available at

Services planned for Billy Frank Jr. _ Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

The life and legacy of Billy Frank Jr.


The Evergreen State College Spring Traditional POW-WOW


The Evergreen State

College Spring

Traditional POWWOW

MAY 24th GRAND ENTRIES AT 1pm & 7pm

Emcee – Arnold Littlehead

Arena Director – Larry Cordier

Head Woman Dancer – Elena Santistevan

Head Man Dancer – Melvin Blacketer

Host Drum – Young Society

Invited Drums – Indian Heritage Singers

Little Battle – Rockin Horse – Spearfish

Sound by Randy Vendiola

SPECIALS – Hand Drum – Iron Woman & Man

Brought to you by The Native Student Alliance – The Evergreen

State College – TESC Longhouse – Student Activities – Abolish Cops

And Prisons – MEXA de Evergreen – The Flaming Eggplant Café

Contact: 360 867 5367 – – vendors:


Nadine Narindrankura at Media Island, Olympia WA, 4-9-2014 AT 7PM


Nadine Narindrankura,  Dine’ Nation  will be talking about Peabody coal/Black Mesa/ Big Mountain. Nadine is a young Dine’ woman who is part of the fight against the horrors of Peabody coal’s relentless 30 plus year assault on Dine’ people and Mother Earth, and is interested in meeting with Native people here to talk about Peabody and in learning more about the struggles against Coal especially on tribal lands here .


Media Island ,816 Adams St SE, Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 352-8526