“Chief Seattle (an Anglicization of Si’ahl), originally (c. 1780 – June 7, 1866) was a DkhwDuwAbsh (Duwamish) chief, also known as Sealth, Seathle, Seathl, or See-ahth. A prominent figure among his people, he pursued a path of accommodation to white settlers, forming a personal relationship with David Swinson “Doc” Maynard. Seattle, Washington was named after him. A widely publicized speech arguing in favor of ecological responsibility and respect of native Americans’ land rights has been attributed to him; however there is controversy about what, if anything, he actually said.”
“No one alive today knows what he said; he spoke in the Lushootseed language, and someone translated his words into Chinook jargon, and a third person translated that into English.”
“Some years later, Dr. Henry A. Smith wrote down an English version of the speech, based on Smith’s notes. It was a flowery text in which Siahl purportedly thanked the white people for their generosity, demanded that any treaty guarantee access to Native burial grounds, and made a contrast between the God of the white people and that of his own.”
Chief Seattle’s speech has been noted for acknowledging the USA’s purchase of native tribal lands and potentially offering counsel for the land’s proper stewardship.
The leaders of Yelm, in particular, could learn from Chief Seattle.
After-all, their own Comprehensive Plan states that sustainability will be the guiding principle A sustainable community thoughtfully provides or the needs of its residents with efficiency and stewardship for the future.
The city’s focus on obtaining more water rights, issuing more permits to build more homes and attract more growth in this town has garnered the following:
1. one of the top cities in the state for growth
“Yelm Morphs From Prairie Town to Countys Fastest Growing City”
2. the number one issue here – traffic
3. more pollution problems
4. more air problems
5. more crime problems
6. more water problems – gosh, the state’s Supreme Court ruled against Yelm in a noted water rights case.
Regarding the continued plundering of this town’s resources, Chief Seattle’s attributed comments AND the words of Yelm’s own Comprehensive Plan regarding stewardship should be the guide, rather than the almighty dollar firing the twinkle in the eyes of our city’s leaders.