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NIEA Statement on the Tragedy in the Tulalip Community

Washington, DC – On behalf of all Native education stakeholders and Native students, the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) offers its sympathies and is deeply saddened by the tragedy that struck the Marysville-Pilchuck High School and the Tulalip tribes. As the largest Native education organization in the country, please know that thousands of parents, students, and education stakeholders are keeping the Native and non-Native children, parents, and community members in their thoughts and prayers. 

The NIEA Board shared its sympathies, by stating: 

Our most sincere prayers and condolences are extended to the Marysville-Pilchuck High School and Tulalip tribal community during the recent tragedy that struck countless students and families. As our communities grieve and work to heal, stories of compassion and friendship are already illustrating that out of tragedy, community ties create strength and resolve. 

NIEA admires the local bonds between classmates, schools, and tribes. As tragedy struck, we appreciate that local school districts, like the Oak Harbor High School, joined church services and supported the ability of Marysville-Pilchuck High School to become league champions in football. Simple acts of kindness like these, as well as support from local tribal communities, create a solid foundation for unity and healing. NIEA will strengthen our partnerships with local tribes and school districts in the coming weeks to analyze how support services can be enhanced as we all work together to move forward from this pain. 

NIEA is firm in our resolve to support parents, teachers, and educators who are steadfast in their service to our diverse students, tribes, and communities. In the spirit of our Ancestors, we are grateful for the many blessings being shared among the families and communities as we stand together to heal those affected. As such, know that NIEA remains steadfast to creating equal access to comprehensive educational opportunities for our Native students, especially after tragedies such as these. 


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