For over a year, the Seattle-King County urban Indian community has undertaken a participatory process to identify the assets, opportunities, hopes and aspirations for its community. Using a progressive model of community planning to secure diverse input and perspectives, it has culminated in a shared community vision and roadmap for the future.
This conversation will be an opportunity to discuss the strategies put forth by the Seattle urban Indian community. It is intended for a funder, elected official and policy maker audience.
We hope it will help to identify allies who can offer manageable recommendations that the community can embrace. It will be facilitated by Jo Ann Kauffman (Nez Perce), President of Kauffman and Associates, Inc., an American Indian planning and evaluation firm and co-sponsored by Philanthropy Northwest.
Background: Informed by an informal advisory committee of local grassroots leaders, including Claudia Kauffman, Iris Friday, Laura Wong-Whitebear, Dana Arviso, Jackie Swanson and Lawney Rayes, the United Way of King County in cooperation with The Seattle Foundation, the City of Seattle and the Muckleshoot Charity Fund commissioned a special initiative to engage the Seattle-King County urban Indian community. The report, A Vision for the Urban Indian Community, consolidates the community vision and key strategic pillars.