Recognizing Indigenous Peoples' Day 2023
This year, we are honoring Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday, October 9.
Posted on 10/09/2023

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is an opportunity to recognize and honor the heritage and culture of our local indigenous people as well as indigenous peoples throughout the United States. 

This year, we are honoring Indigenous People’s Day on Monday, Oct. 9.

Central Kitsap Schools acknowledge that the land on which we gather is within the aboriginal territory of the Suquamish people, and the homeland of the Port Gamble S’Klallam and other tribes.


Our Suquamish neighbors, “People of Clear Salt Water,” have a rich culture and history as one of the First Peoples of the Pacific Northwest.  The Suquamish people are active in the community today, continuing their traditions and participating in the larger community as expert canoe builders, doctors, fisherman, lawyers, basket weavers, teachers, police officers and more.


The S’Klallam people have an extensive history and territory in the Pacific Northwest. We want to respect their history and territory even though we cannot adequately share their story. However, we have the opportunity to pay respect to the Tribes of this land by encouraging our neighbors to learn about the Port Gamble S’Klallam people and other tribes.


We encourage you to visit, learn the histories or get involved and support our local tribes.

You can learn more about Native American history and the different tribes in our area and across the U.S. from these resources:

Please also take a moment to enjoy a performance by Central Kitsap High student Emri Brien, a member of The Crow Tribe of Montana. Jingle Dress, also known as a Prayer Dress, is believed to bring healing.