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Muckleshoot Tribal Councilmember John Daniels, Jr. Awarded Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service


Councilmember Pete von Reichbaur logoKing County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer last week awarded John Daniels, Jr. with the 2022 Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service, an award that recognizes individuals whose work has answered the question asked by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “What are you doing for others?”

Daniels was born and raised on the Muckleshoot Reservation. His family, like so many tribal families, struggled to stay on their feet, feed and house their children, and provide them with an education. Now, as a leader of the tribe on the Muckleshoot Tribal Council, he has worked to build long-term partnerships with local school districts, federal, state, and local governments, and community organizations to provide services to both tribal members and the surrounding community.

Councilmember von Reichbuer stands next to John Daniels Jr. at a podium
Daniels and KC Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer during the award presentation | courtesy photo

With Daniels’ help, the Muckleshoot Tribe has created an economic, educational, and social services portfolio that includes many successful economic development projects, such as the Muckleshoot Casino Resort, Muckleshoot Bingo, and Big Nation Station store in Auburn, to name a few. The Tribe has also expanded its service programs by developing the Muckleshoot Child Development Center, the Muckleshoot Tribal School and Tribal College, and a medical center with clinical services, pharmacy, community health program, behavioral health program, and dental services.

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“Through his advocacy for the Muckleshoot Tribe at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as his individual contributions in tribal leadership to improve the quality of life for tribal members, John Daniels Jr. has answered Dr. Martin Luther  King Jr.’s question—What are you doing to help others?” said Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer, who nominated John for this award.  “From improving access to health care and education to his work establishing long-term economic engines for his community, John has dedicated his life to ensuring that tribal members, no matter their age or station in life, have the opportunity to succeed and prosper.”

John Daniels Jr. and KC Councilmember Pete von Reichbuer with Daniels family
John Daniels Jr. with his family and KC Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer | courtesy photo

This marks the seventh year that councilmembers have each selected someone from their district whose work embodies the spirit of King’s question.


The above is a press release from KC Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer.  The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents and encourages our readers to personally verify any information they find may be overly biased or questionable. The publication of this press release does not indicate an endorsement of its content. 

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One Comment

  1. Meldred Aquino Meldred Aquino June 21, 2022

    Congrats, in the time of what b is going on around everyone here in Auburn or across the world where war is going on. It is great that there is still and a few good people we can recognize and be awarded for thier hard work . It us work that others can previiged from for the contribution of great work. I DONT KNOW U Sir but as a single mom of three and a widow I am grateful that you have a made a difference in this world . Thank you sincerely Meldred Aquinoj

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