From the Edmonds Mayor: Celebrating Indigenous People, today and everyday

Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson issued a statement Monday regarding Indigenous Peoples’ Day, noting that the City of Edmonds wants recognize all Indigenous people and draw special attention to the Coast Salish peoples, including Tulalip, Suquamish, Stillaguamish, Lummi, and other tribes who have inhabited the Puget Sound region that encompasses the shorelands and uplands of Edmonds.

Here is the mayor’s statement:

“For thousands of years the Indigenous Coast Salish peoples have used the area now known as Edmonds to harvest salmon, shellfish, and land-based resources. The rich, diverse culture and enduring spirit of the Indigenous Peoples of Puget Sound region live on in Edmonds, not just through the acts of a few, but through the intentional efforts of many.

I am honored to draw attention to the ArtWalk mural program that has recently completed two murals depicting Coast Salish culture in our area at the time of contact. Thank you, Andy Eccleshall (muralist) and Coast Salish artist Ty Juvenil, for your collaborative effort to create these images.

I want to thank the leadership at the new Waterfront Center who are seeking to partner with the local tribes to incorporate Coast Salish artwork as a part of the new center set for completion in November.

Finally, I am very excited to see the carved cedar panel created by Coast Salish artist Ty Juvenil that depicts traditional Coast Salish activities on the shores of Puget Sound and will be placed across from City Hall at the Historical Museum later this year.

These are just a few of the countless examples where, in a year filled with uncertainties and in the midst of a pandemic, the community of Edmonds continues to inspire and lead by example. Thank you to the community for your efforts to ensure we continue to embrace our heritage, not just today, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, but every day.”


  1. I have never read of any contact with any Indigenous People in Edmonds There was nothing here for them other than clams. Is there any arch. info other than a fabled cemetery at the end of Dayton? An extensive study was done by the state when the parking lot at the train station was built The state dug pits along the right a way from Dayton to Main?

  2. In the book “Elders Dialog” by Jay Miller there is a map drawn in 1986 by Snoqualmie Elders Earnest Barr and Ed Davis (who was 98 at the time and witnessed Native daily life in the late 1800s and early 1900s) that shows Edmonds was a fishing village and clam digging site shared by the coastal tribes who still have tribal fishing rights in this area. It was named “stabús”on the map.

  3. Why no artifac and authentic recordings by early pioneers? Please the only Indians where near river mouths where fishing was easy Seattle or Everett not Shell Creek.

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