Washington Governor Jay Inslee Proclaims "Native Arts Week" at Eighth Generation's Pike Place Store

SEATTLE, WA - On Monday Nov 25th, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee made a proclamation about supporting Native artists and Native art entrepreneurs and declaring Nov 25th through Dec 2nd Native Arts Week!

Governor Jay Inslee speaks outside Eighth Generation's flagship store in Seattle's Pike Place Market while Founder Louie Gong looks on.
Founder Louie Gong called the governor's visit "a strong indication of the kind of doors that will open because of our connection to the tribe." At the same conference, Snoqualmie Tribe announced the purchase of Eighth Generation, with plans to expand distribution, visibility, and market penetration for Eighth Generation’s 100% Native designed products.

Take a look at Governer Jay Inslee's full proclamatiom below:

WHEREAS, the state of Washington acknowledges the many contributions that Tribal Governments, Native peoples, and Native communities have had on the arts, education, health, economic development, and civic community of Washington State; and

WHEREAS, authentic Native American art and craftwork promotes economic opportunities for Native American artists and craftspeople, and enables Native communities to maintain their culture and pass on traditional knowledge and teachings to younger generations; and

WHEREAS, contemporary Native American brands and art confirm the energy and creativity within Native American communities to bring about positive change through self-determination; and

WHEREAS, imitation or so-called “Native-inspired” artwork and products damage Native communities and decrease business opportunities for Native artisans; and

WHEREAS, consumer awareness of how their patronage can support the work of Native artists and 100 percent Native-designed products is essential to support Native arts entrepreneurs;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby proclaim November 25-December 2, 2019, as

Native Arts Week

in Washington, and I encourage all people in our state to join me in this special observance by supporting Native artists and Native art entrepreneurs.

Signed this 25th day of November, 2019 

Governor Jay Inslee


Tulalip TV featured this exciting announcement and proclamation with a video titled "Muscle Behind the Hustle". Take a look at the video below!

Muscle Behind the Hustle from NWIN on Vimeo.