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Muckleshoot Tribe and City of Auburn Issue Joint Statement on COVID-19 Crisis

The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and City of Auburn issued a joint statement Thursday addressing Auburn’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Read the full joint statement from Tribal Council Chair  Jasion Elkins and Mayor Nancy Backus below:

As we continue to face the evolution of the COVID crisis, we know that it is by joining together as a community that we will make the greatest strides to protect the health and wellness of our residents, businesses and all who are part of our community.

The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and the City of Auburn are committed to protecting the health of our communities by working together to share ideas, resources and best practices to ensure that all who call this place home are afforded the same vital information and resources to protect the health and safety of their families. While we are fortunate to continue to maintain lower infection numbers than other areas, we are cognizant that our indigenous communities and communities of color have carried a disproportionate burden from this pandemic. We, as city and tribal leaders, are committed to the joint fight against this disease and to protecting and preserving the welfare and safety of ALL our residents.

As we have watched the evolution of this pandemic, we have seen time and again what we have always known to be true – that we are a community united by strength, compassion, and hope. It is this that has brought us this far, and it is this that will sustain us as we move forward toward our new normal. Though we have seen great strides in the reduction of COVID transmission, we still have far to go.

As our community begins to reopen with each phase of the governor’s Safe Start initiative, our success and health will remain dependent on each of us remaining vigilant. It is only by supporting one another – whether that be by following public health guidelines or shopping our local businesses first – that we will emerge stronger than ever. It is in these ways that we each play our own part in the success of our own recovery and show our support to the men and women who are serving on the frontline each day to protect us.

These are challenging times for us all, but they are no match against the resilience and strength of our community. Together, we will emerge stronger and closer than ever.

Jasion Elkins
Muckleshoot Tribal Council Chair

Nancy Backus
Auburn Mayor

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