Residential School Statement

Posted 06/29/2021

 

Late last month and earlier this month, the heartbreaking news of the remains of Indigenous children found near the Kamloops Residential School and the unmarked graves found near another residential school was devastating to our community. David Sway-La Duenas, hired to be our Southern Lushootseed Language teacher for the 2021-22 school year, prepared this statement from our school. We raise our hands to David and appreciate his effort in working on this. Please take time to learn about the Boarding School and Cushman Project video series prepared by our Puyallup Language Department.

 

 

STATEMENT: haʔł sləx̌i(l) txʷəl gʷəlapu David Sway-La Duenas ti dsdaʔ, spuyaləpabš čəd. ʔal ti sləx̌il ʔulax̌dxʷəxʷ čəł ti tuʔaciłtalbixʷ tuʔatəbəd ʔal tə x̌alalʔtxʷ ʔə tə paspastəd. ʔal tə puyaləp tuʔa ti Cushman x̌alalʔtxʷ yəxʷ ti x̌əłalʔtxʷ. ʔəƛ̓əxʷ ti ʔacʔaciłtalbixʷ tul’al tudiʔ lil. tulilgʷasəd ti wiw’su tul’al ti syayəʔləp. gʷəl huy, ʔux̌ʷ həlgʷə txʷəl ti Cushman. slələʔul’bčəł tiił ʔal tə wašətəb. cay ʔəsq’ič ti, xʷiʔ ləpaƛ̓aƛ̓. ʔulax̌dxʷəxʷ čəł ti tuwiw’su gʷəl huy, ʔup’aʔcut čəł txʷəl ti sutxʷəlšucidəb ʔal ti sləx̌il. ʔux̌udx̌udbid čəł ti ʔaciłtalbixʷ txʷəl ti syayayəʔ ʔal ti x̌alalʔtxʷ ʔə tə ʔaciłtalbixʷ, siʔab ləšx̌ay’ x̌alalʔtxʷ ti sdaʔs ʔə tiił čəłə łałlil ʔal ti sləx̌il. čayəxʷ čəł ʔəsk’ʷədiidəxʷ txʷəl ti bək’ʷ gʷat. ʔutibicut čəłə ʔabəłx̌əčbid ʔə kʷi haʔł txʷəl ti bək’ʷ stab. huyəxʷ čəd.

 

ENG: Good day to all of you, my name is David Sway-La Duenas I am a Puyallup tribal member. Today we are remembering the first peoples who passed in the schools of the Caucasians. In Puyallup there was a school and a hospital called Cushman. Native peoples from far away came here. The children were separated from their families. Then, they went to the Cushman facilities. This is our Washington State history. It is extremely important and it is not nothing. We remember the children and so we try our best to speak the txʷəlšucid language today. We speak Indian to our families at the tribal school, Chief Leschi Schools and we exist today. We are extremely grateful for everyone. We push ourselves and extend our good thoughts to all things. I am finished.