WMBE Subcontracting Opportunities

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Call to Native Contractors


Walsh Construction Co is excited to work on the Chief Seattle Club Annex project with the Chief Seattle Club, Jones & Jones Architecture, and Beacon Development.

Walsh Construction Co. is committed to equal employment opportunity and diversity initiatives within our organization and the communities where we live and work.

WCC will work with minority and women owned firms who are willing and qualified to bid on the following scopes of work:

  • Final Clean

  • 
Structural Steel Supply

  • Wood Framing

  • Finish Carpentry & Doors


  • Siding & Trim

  • Overhead Doors

  • Gypsum Wall Board

  • Flagging and Traffic

  • Appliances

  • earthwork

  • Pavers

  • Landscape and Irrigation Materials

  • Building Scaffolding


  • Structural Steel Erection

  • Gypsum Cement

  • Underlayment

  • Waterproofing

  • WRB Installation


  • Glazing and Mirrors

  • Painting


  • Cabinets

  • Concrete

  • Roofing

  • Windows

  • Insulation


  • Fireproofing

  • Storefront

  • GWB


  • Flooring

  • Window Treatments

  • Utilities

  • Site Furnishings

  • Bollards

  • Concrete Sealer & Polisher

  • Countertops

  • Site Concrete

  • Fencing

  • Survey

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When:

Thursday, July 25, 2019

6:00pm to 7:00pm



Where:

Walsh Construction Co.

315 5th Ave South, Suite 600

Seattle, WA 98104

If you aren’t able to appear in person teleconference option will be announced.



Contact:


Marie Delano
Project Manager
mdelano@walshconstruction.com
Direct: 206.455.0375

Sandi Tovias
Senior Project Manager
stovias@walshcontruction.com
Direct: 206.999.6099

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AI/AN Represent 10% of Homeless Population In King County, But Only 1% of Total Population

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Seattle, Wash—According to preliminary data from King County’s 2019 annual Point In Time (PIT) Count, 1,161, or ten percent, of the total homeless population is American Indian or Alaska Native. The 2019 data show an increase from 2018 where American Indian and Alaska Native people were reported to represent only three percent of the homeless population in King County.

 The change in the data may be attributed to efforts led by the Coalition to End Urban Indian Homelessness, a collaboration between service providers working with King County’s Native community including, Seattle Indian Health Board, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, Mother Nation, Urban Indian Health Institute, and Chief Seattle Club.

 The Coalition actively worked on this year’s PIT Count in partnership with All Home and other service providers from across King County to ensure inclusive data collection and reporting practice that work for Native people were included in this year’s count. 

 The following statement from leaders of the Coalition to End Urban Indian Homelessness can be quoted in part or in full.

 “We believe that the 2019 homeless count more accurately represents our relatives who are experiencing homelessness. We are encouraged that through true community engagement and partnership we are getting closer to the true number of Native people experiencing homelessness, but we are disheartened by the grim actuality of these numbers.

 The recent findings point to the stark reality that leaders and service providers in the Native community have understood to be true for years. While the study found a decrease in overall numbers, it showed a tremendous increase in the Native community highlighting the need for future efforts to focus on our Native community and other communities of color.

 In the past, we have expressed concerns about gaps in the outreach and sampling methodologies used in the PIT Count becauseNative service providers and researchers were not consulted through the design and implementation. This contributed toinconsistent, inequitable, and culturally incompetent practices that resulted in an undercount of the American Indian and Alaska Native community. 

 It is important to remember that the PIT Count is only a snapshot and does not accurately reflect the whole picture of people experiencing homelessness in King County. However, this data is used throughout the year to inform funding decisions, policy and systems strategies, and shapes the narrative of the homelessness crisis in our community.  

 We know that culturally specific programs are part of the answer to solving homelessness for everyone. Since the City of Seattle and King County have begun funding our agencies, we have seen an increase of Native people being housed through Native providers. 

 Without accurate data that tells the truth about the astonishingly high rates in the Native community, the narrative is inequitable. We cannot break down barriers in the homelessness crisis without accurate information.

 When Native-led organizations are part of the process, we see that the data is more accurate."

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 Contact:

Colleen EchoHawk-Hayashi, Chief Seattle Club
colleen@chiefseattleclub.org
206-681-3714

 For more information about Chief Seattle Club, click here: https://www.chiefseattleclub.org/

For more information about Seattle Indian Health Board, click here: http://www.sihb.org/

For more information about Mother Nation, click here: https://www.mothernation.org/

For more information about United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, click here: http://www.unitedindians.org/

For more information about Urban Indian Health Institute, click here: http://www.uihi.org/

MMIW March Seattle 2019

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“No one knows exactly how many Native women are missing or murdered. The state of Washington has the second-highest number of known cases at 71, according to a study by the Seattle-based Urban Indian Health Institute. Of those, 45 are in Seattle alone. The study, released in November 2018, is the most comprehensive report available to date. Yet its researchers believe the real count is even higher.”

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“Abigail Echo-Hawk, director of the Urban Indian Health Institute, spearheaded this latest report, but it was an earlier study upon which she cut her UIHI teeth. When she took the organization’s helm in October 2016, she already knew that government databases undercounted both the number of missing and murdered indigenous women and the number of Native women who faced sexual violence. But within her first two weeks on the job, Echo-Hawk, a citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, stumbled upon a surprise—and her first big project.

As she was cleaning out her drawers, she found one small file with the results of a survey. A survey that had never been revealed publicly, but would show the extent of violence against American Indian women.

That small paper, from a 2010 study, stated that 94 percent of Native women interviewed in Seattle reported having been raped or coerced into sex. Leaders at the UIHI feared it would lead to more generalizations and stereotypes that would further harm Native women, Echo-Hawk says. The UIHI went so far as to ask the CDC not to disclose the study. Echo-Hawk was determined to get the information out.”

She conferred with staff members, searched through UIHI’s old file systems, and began the hunt for more information on this study. She had no dedicated funding for this project, but she found it through side hustles, like charging for speaking engagements.

And finally, in August 2018, she released the long-hidden study. Local media outlets jumped on that number: 94 percent. But to Echo-Hawk, the response wasn’t strong enough.

“While some awareness is being raised, there is not enough outcry. There is not enough righteous anger,” Echo-Hawk says. After a Seattle Times quote mentioned it was common knowledge that at least one member of Chief Seattle Club—a Native-led homeless services provider—is sexually assaulted every week, Echo-Hawk expected there to be people protesting in the streets. Still, nothing. “In this city, in this county, in this state, in this country, we are shown over and over again that our lives and our bodies don’t matter.”

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“Earth-Feather Sovereign says that trauma is passed on from generation to generation—that when a woman goes missing, her children and extended family suffer.

While the majority of crimes against American Indian women are committed by non-Native people, tribes have almost no ability to prosecute non-Natives, even on their land. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 provided some tribes limited rights to prosecute non-Natives in domestic violence cases; but Sovereign suspects the immunity to non-tribal members has contributed to Native women becoming even more of a target. The pattern of raping Native women and selling them into sex trafficking began centuries ago, she says, with Christopher Columbus.”

Excerpt from Seattle Met article “Women Erased: How Washington Has Failed Missing Native Women” by By Hayat Norimine

Photographs from the march by Alicia Diamond

For more resources:

MMIW Report
Unites Indians of All Tribes Foundation
Mother Nation