City of Marysville
Did you know Marysville’s roots are in Indian Country? The city was first established by founder James Comeford in 1872 as a trading post on the Tulalip Indian Reservation and moved five years later to what is now the Marysville waterfront area.
The City of Marysville and the Tulalip Tribes enjoy a collaborative and congenial relationship working together on issues of mutual community interest including transportation, environment and economy. One remarkable example is the historic Qwuloolt Estuary Restoration Project led by the Tulalip Tribes in partnership with the city and many other local, state and federal entities. That project restored important salmon habitat and is now reconnecting residents and visitors with the waterfront through the city’s development of the Ebey Waterfront Park and Trail.
With a message of gratitude and friendship, Mayor Nehring and the City Council were pleased to proclaim November as Native American Indian Heritage Month in the City of Marysville.
Marysville School District
The Marysville School District serves nearly 6% of Native American students who identify as American Indian/Alaska Native and 11% who are two or more races. Over 1,300 students identify as Native American.
Our Indigenous Education Liaisons and The Tulalip Tribes Youth Advocates work together to support indigenous students enrolled in schools. They are the “bridge” between home and school and the staff work with students and their families to provide support with attendance, course, and classwork, social, emotional, and friendship issues, discipline concerns, and more. Students are supported by five Liaisons and seven Youth Advocates, each part of departments that include directors, managers, clerical support, and a cultural specialist for the school district.
The school district and the tribes work closely together to make certain that each school is represented and students and families are provided the supports and resources they need to be successful in school.
Tulalip Tribes Education Division
The Tulalip Tribes and Tulalip Education Division is honored that our community partners; Marysville School District and City of Marysville are celebrating National American Indian Heritage Month. Tulalip Education celebrates all year long; this school year one of our strategic priorities is to integrate culture into all we do.
This month as we celebrate and share our culture we are partnering with MSD and hosting 11 assemblies throughout the school district. The assemblies will be a combination of story telling and coastal singing. We value the opportunity to share our living culture with the children in our schools, thank you.
Our Curriculum and Engagement manager has also been working with several local districts, Indigenous educators in Marysville School District to expand Indigenous/Tulalip curriculum throughout our region. This effort will be paramount in sustaining appropriate and tribal led information about our peoples to educate all children.
This monthly column is jointly prepared by the Tulalip Tribes, City of Marysville and Marysville School District about topics of interest to the Marysville Tulalip community.