A:The Earth is the Lord’s, and all that is on it.
B: From time immemorial indigenous peoples have used the shores and waterways of Puget Sound to sustain vibrant communities.
A: White settlers and colonizers came to this land with the goal of American expansion,
B: removing indigenous peoples from their homes and establishing Seattle as a city without natives.
We have inherited this legacy and title to this land from our ancestors. We commit ourselves to learning this difficult history so that the gift we give to those that come after us is more inclusive, more sustainable, and more vibrant. We give thanks to God for the land, the water, and the Duwamish peoples, who were and are among us here today.