NEWS SHINES | Indigenous Resources on Thanksgiving Decolonization; COVID-19 services for the holiday season

A roundup of news and announcements we don’t want to lose in the fast moving news cycle!

curated by Vee Hua 華婷婷

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(Photo courtesy of EchoX.)

Indigenous resources to decolonize Thanksgiving

400 Years After the Mayflower: A Thanksgiving Decolonizing Storymap

EchoX employees and board members created an interactive storymap titled 400 Years After the Mayflower: A Storymap to Decolonize Thanksgiving. It hosts links and resources from across the United States today that show contemporary and current issues and projects involving or directed by Indigenous peoples or nations. Topics covered include but are not limited to: Food Sovereignty, Thanksgiving, Movies, Land Reclamation and much more. EchoX is an advocacy organization that strengthens and expands cultural communities through digital technologies and the power of history. A directory of useful community resources, including many on Indigenous issues, can be found on their website.

Rethinking Thanksgiving: From Country Recognition to Countryback

In partnership with many community members, Real Rent Duwamish hosted a talk entitled “Rethinking Thanksgiving: From Land Acknowledgment to Landback” that brought national partners from the front lines of “Indigenous efforts to resist violence and colonization fueled by the current extractive economic system and gatherings attended ways to promote and deepen solidarity with the indigenous resistance that focuses on land repatriation.” Celebrity guests included Jake Edwards, Eva Reyes-Aguirre, Tupac Enrique Acosta, Corrina Gould, Betty Lyons and Demetrius Johnson. ASL, live transcription and Spanish translation were available. Although the event has already passed on November 20th, as the event was recorded, transcripts or recordings may be available upon request. Please visit

Boujee Natives: A No F*cksgiving Dinner

In celebration of Native Heritage Month, Indigenize Productions is hosting an evening of food, wine, performance, poetry and music entitled “Boujee Natives: A No F*cksgiving Dinner” on November 22nd at 6pm.

A BIPOC-only wine-and-dine experience with limited seating, the event features food from Native Soul, Seattle’s only Native American soul food pop-up helmed by Jeremy Thunderbird. The event features poetry by Sarah Gould (Yakama/Nimiipuu), Kayak (Coast Miwok, Paiute, Pomo, Peruvian), Abigail Echo-Hawk (Pawnee), music by theres more (Pawnee) and a DJ dance party after the banquet.

“Since 2017, Indigenize Productions has been presenting queer and trans-Indigenous joy in a variety of ways, from variety shows to dance parties. Indigenize was formed after a group of Indigenous talent met at a burlesque and variety show called Dear White People with an all-BIPOC cast at the University of Washington’s Ethnic Cultural Theater,” he said South Seattle Emerald earlier this year. Registrations may be closed but it is highly recommended to follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

Tour of the indigenous people

A walking tour of the University of Washington campus, the Indigenous Walking Tour, curated by Owen L. Oliver (Quinault/Isleta Pueblo), imparts Indigenous knowledge based on country and location. The tour stops at: the Burke Museum, wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ [Intellectual House]Indigenous artworks, the medicinal herb garden, the Ethnic Cultural Center, the Husky Union Building (HUB), and the Union Bay Natural Area available at university libraries, other campus buildings, or online.

Saltwater Soundwalk

Created by audio artists Jenny Asarnow and Rachel Lam (Anigiduwagi inscribed Cherokee Nation), Saltwater Soundwalk is a podcast about the rights, responsibilities and preservation of indigenous culture and our collective relationship with the Salish Sea. It contains stories presented in a mixture of English and Coast Salish languages. The voices are: Ken Workman (Duwamish), Warren King George (Muckleshoot), Michelle Myles (Tulalip), Archie Cantrell (Puyallup), LaDean Johnson (Skokomish), Owen Oliver (Quinault / Isleta Pueblo), Lydia Sigo (Suquamish), Randi Purser (Suquamish), RYAN! Feddersen (FLOW artists, Confederated Tribes of the Colville – Okanogan / Arrow Lakes) and Eric Autry (Seattle Public Utilities), Joseph Sisneros (UW) and Jeanne Hyde (The Whale Museum).

The podcast – which can be combined with on-site listening and a walking tour that starts at Gasworks Park and returns near the Fremont Bridge – is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio and more!

COVID-19 resources for the holiday season

As the holiday season approaches, we’d like to share a range of COVID-19 resources for those who may need them. Resources are regularly updated on the King County dashboard and are available in multiple languages ​​at

Free telemedicine services for COVID-19 treatment

Anyone who has had mild or moderate symptoms of COVID-19 in the past five days can speak to a healthcare provider contracted by the Washington State Department of Health and Human Services about available treatment options if people do not report COVID-19 within 24 hours of being positive have access to medical care. 19 exam.

Potential oral antiviral treatments are available for people who are at least 12 years old, weigh at least 88 pounds, or are at greater risk of being hospitalized or dying from COVID-19.

All services are free, even without insurance, and same-day or next-day virtual appointments are available. For more information, see the Washington State DOH Test-to-Treat Flyer or call (800) 525-0127 and press # or visit

Public Info Call Center & Isolation & Quarantine Services

The COVID-19 Public Information Call Center (PICC) is currently operational Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but will close at the end of the year. It is closed on all weekends and holidays, including Thanksgiving on November 24th and 25th and Christmas Day on December 25th and 26th.

For Isolation and Quarantine (IQ) services, incoming requests will continue to use the same PICC number (206) 477-3977, there will be an option to select IQ information and the call will be routed directly to the IQ team.

The closed-day and after-hours message directs callers to the website for COVID-19 and Monkeypox (MPX) resources and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Information Hotline at 1-800-525-0127.

Booster COVID-19 vaccinations

Booster shots are available free of charge at all King County locations. The county operates locations in Auburn, Kent, Bellevue Eastgate and downtown Seattle by appointment only. All sites are ADA accessible and have voice and ASL interpretation.

Check for a list of potential positions and register or waitlist at Use the Washington State Vaccine Locator online to find a vaccination site at a clinic, doctor’s office, pharmacy, or other location near you.

Seattle Design Review Boards looking for volunteer members to help shape developments

The city is recruiting 22 new honorary board members for the City of Seattle’s Design Review Boards. You will be tasked with evaluating new building designs, including reviewing large mixed-use residential, multi-family, and commercial projects. You should work 15 hours a month.

Ideal candidates should be design and development professionals or community members interested in helping shape development in their neighborhood. The following board privileges are available, listed by district:

  • Head of Central Division: professional representative of the designer.
  • Downtown Board: Professional representatives from companies or landscape designers, representatives from development professions and representatives from local residential areas.
  • east panel: local housing representative, design professional representative, development professional representative, local community representative.
  • Board Northeast: local housing representative, local community representative.
  • Northwest panel: Professional representatives of business or landscape designers, representatives of design professions, representatives of local residential areas.
  • Board Southeast: local housing representative, representative of the design profession.
  • Southwest Board: Professional representatives of business or landscape designers, representatives of design professions, representatives of local residential areas.
  • west panel: Professional representatives of business or landscape designers, representatives of local residential areas, representatives of design professions, representatives of development professions.

Please consider for an appointment send applicationCover letter and CV by December 31, 2022 to Erika Ikstrums [email protected], and email with possible questions. If necessary, but less preferred, hard copy and postal applications can also be sent.

For more information, see Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections Design Review – Boards & Staff website.

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