We, the Agnus Dei Lutheran faith community, acknowledge that we gather each week on the traditional homelands of the Puyallup People (spuyaləpabš), a Coast Salish Lushootseed (txʷləšúcid) speaking People. The Puyallup People have lived along these shores for thousands of years, faithfully stewarding these lands and waters, as they continue to do today. The earliest Native residents, a branch of the Swift Water People (sxʷəbabš ), called this land txʷaalqəł, and their longhouse was within walking distance of our church. This land acknowledgment is one step toward engagement and true solidarity with the Puyallup Tribe. We commit to uplifting the voices, experiences, histories, and concerns of the Puyallup--and of all Indigenous Peoples--and to being good stewards of the land and water which surround us.
We have participated in the Gig Harbor Juneteenth event sponsored by Gig Harbor 4 Racial Justice held on the federal holiday each June. Music and holding racial justice signs are featured.