Dialogue Across Differences: Native American Leadership in the Salish Sea Region

Dialogue Across Differences:

Native Leadership in the Salish Sea Region


In 2021, Seattle CityClub launched the Dialogue Across Differences initiative to celebrate our 40th Anniversary while addressing polariaton and bridging toward solutions in our community. As we continue to celebrate and fundraise for this milestone–culminating with Seattle CityClub’s annual luncheon event in the fall of 2021–we decided to kick off the Dialogue Across Differences Blog Series that offers a look at how our organization facilitates dynamic conversation between different viewpoints through original content and programming in an effort improve the civic health of our community. You can look forward to interviews with local civic and community leaders, insight from Pacific Northwest mavens, and feedback from our program attendees.

In June 2021, Seattle CityClub organized an one-of-a-kind virtual Civic Boot Camp that explored the contributions of local Tribal leadership to our community. The result was three insightful conversations with Native American luminaries that offered attendees insight into native values and leadership. Below are a few reactions from our attendees.




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Native American Youth Advocacy

Sadie Olsen, top left and clockwise, Rosalie Fish, Ivy Pete speak at the Seattle City Club’s “Civic Boot Camp: Native American Youth Advocacy” digital event Friday afternoon, June 11. The panel was moderated by recent University of Washington graduate Owen Oliver, bottom left, with a welcome and land acknowledgment by Washington Poet Laureate Rena Priest, a member of the Lummi Nation.


Weaving Social Responsibility with Native Values

Temryss Lane, top left and clockwise, Polly Olsen, Alyssa Macy and Bill Kallapa speak at the Seattle CityClub’s “Civic Boot Camp: Weaving Social Responsibility with Native Values” digital event Friday afternoon, June 18. The panel was moderated by Lane, a Lummi Nation scholar, broadcaster and youth advocate.