Chief Seattle Club provides support and human services to American Indian and Alaska Native people living in Seattle. The Chief Seattle Club Day Center is located in Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle. Their services include housing assistance, food, job training, and healthcare such as traditional healing and mental health.
In response to Covid-19, Chief Seattle Club shifted their meal program to outdoor service and launched a grocery delivery program for homebound elders. They have also expanded their meal program by more than 60%, from 6,000 to 10,000 meals per month. Chief Seattle Club purchases traditional foods such as wild rice, blue corn, salmon, shellfish, and wild game, with some support from a King County grant. As Chief Seattle Club’s Executive Chef Fran Tyler said, “Preparing and serving nutritious foods to our community helps heal their mind, body, and spirit.”
Through their Native Works program, Chief Seattle Club has introduced Sovereignty Farm, where apprentices will learn about land and water stewardship. Sovereignty Farm is an opportunity for elders, apprentices, artisans, and farmers to grow traditional foods for the Chief Seattle Club Day Center.
Photo (left to right): Cris, Leander, Fran, Kelli