City of Seattle, WA

05/30/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/29/2020 19:36

2020 Reentry/Rerooting Indigenous Community Healing RFP Awards Announced

The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is pleased to announce the results of the 2020 Reentry/Rerooting Indigenous Community Healing Request for Proposal (RFP) that closed on April 14.

This RFP was implemented in partnership with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and was developed from the City of Seattle's Reentry Workgroup. OCR's vision is to liberate people in communities where systems of racism, oppression, and colonization historically held and/or continue to hold power and thrive.

Applicants were invited to provide Native/Indigenous-led community healing practices for individuals re-entering community when returning from prison. Native/Indigenous-led healing practices may include cultural spiritual, and/or ceremonial activities such as drumming circles, sweat lodges, canoe journey, woodcarving, and other practices that focus on healing, building connection and trust, and providing a sense of community. $250,000 is available from July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2022.

The committee recommended two agencies for funding:

  • Chief Seattle Club
  • Unkitawa

Chief Seattle Club is 'a native-led human services agency for urban native people to connect with traditional ways and community for stability and support.'

Unkítawa (uhn-kéy-tawa) 'is the Lakota word that embodies the concept that what belongs to each of us individually, equally belongs to all living things.' One of their organization's key goals is an educational outreach program that sponsors 'cultural, spiritual, and ceremonial activities that build and strengthen the Native American / Indigenous Peoples' community.'