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CANOES ~ City of Seattle Native American Employees, is an association of Native American and Indigenous Nation employees of the City of Seattle and related supporters. CANOES exists to create an active network of informed and interested employees who wish to help guide the future growth of the Native American and Indigenous people, Community and other people of color.

CANOES will encourage and promote members to work with each other, learn from each other, develop new leadership skills together, and improve each members' capacity for growth. CANOES will also raise, address and advance issues that are important to the Native American community within the City of Seattle and its surrounding communities.


Would you like extra academic help for your child?

The Seattle Indian Health Board is offering case management services
to American Indian and Alaska Native families free of charge.

Enrolled families will receive:

  • Money for school supplies, after school activities including sports, musical instruments and more
  • An advocate to increase communication between you and your child’s teacher
  • Help forming individualized learning plans specifically tailored to the areas in which your child struggles
  • Referrals to physical and mental health services if needed
  • Transition support for 5th graders entering middle school
  • Periodic events and opportunities to meet other parents within the Native community at your child’s school

*American Indian/Alaska Native 1st-5th graders in Seattle Public Schools only

If you are interested in participating, please contact:
Alexis Merculief
Education Case Manager
206-324-9360 ext. 4808

CANOES 7th Annual Native Heritage Celebration
Thursday, November 14th


"Honoring Our Warriors" Paddle to Quinault 2013


Paddle to the Quinault 2013 "Honoring our Warriors" August 1-6 for more information go to



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Mayor's Native American Heritage Month Proclamation







In the News

John T. Williams Totem Pole Raising - The Walk from Pier 57 to Seattle Center February 26, 2012

Statement of Pamela Stearns, Board Member CANOES Thursday, Sept 15, 2010

CANOES letter to SPD Chief Diaz regarding fatal shooting of John T. Williams. Thursday, Sept 2, 2010

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