The Chief Seattle Club, the city’s only place for at-risk and homeless Native Americans, is getting a home of its own. And director Vernell Lane is trying to spread the word and raise the funds to complete the Pioneer Square offices. Lane enjoys the challenges of offering a day shelter, referrals, and arts programs; she is also proud to be the organization’s first Native American director.
This summer, Lane and several clients of the center will participate in the Intertribal Canoe Journey, an annual expedition that navigates Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Lane, a Lummi, says that this event “promotes healthy lifestyles. When you join a canoe you have to respect traditional cultural values — you need to eat a healthy diet and abide by the canoe’s etiquette.” Additionally, the chance to “be around our people, speak our own language, and sing our songs” closely reflects her organization’s mission to “provide a sacred space to renew and nurture the spirit of Native peoples.”
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