The City of Seattle has renamed part of a Magnolia street "Bernie Whitebear Way" in honor of the Native American activist who helped found the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center at Discovery Park.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn renamed the part of Illinois Avenue that leads to the Daybreak Star center in a ceremony held July 16 during the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation's annual Seafair pow wow.
Whitebear (1937-2000) led United Indians for 30 years. On March 8, 1970, he and fellow Native activists Bob Satiacum and Leonard Peltier led 100 supporters into what was then the Fort Lawton army base and claimed it under treaty law.
Military police arrested 72 people. Later, 12 more were arrested, including Jane Fonda, in a series of skirmishes that resulted in a 1971 agreement that allowed United Indians to build Daybreak Star, which opened in 1977.