Washington Tribes

The Washington Indian Gaming Association (WIGA) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2020 Washington Tribes Student Essay Contest. The winners are:
First Place:  Parker Bennett Kiniry, 8th Grade, Bellingham Family Partnership, Bellingham WA; Essay: My Perspective on Washington Natives
Second Place: Andrew Johnson, 8th Grade, Desert Hills Middle School, Kennewick WA; Essay: The Washington State Tribal Report
Third Place: (Tie) Iliana Araiza, 5th Grade, North Thurston High School, Lacey WA; Essay: Washington Tribes and Sigourney McWilson, 8th Grade, Edgemont Jr. High, Edgemont WA; Essay: Washington Tribes Today
“We were thrilled to receive so many excellent entries and discover the interesting facts and details that that students learned about tribes in Washington,” said Rebecca George, Executive Director of WIGA. The essays recognized the tremendous accomplishments of tribes – preserving culture, sustaining the environment, enriching people and investing in communities while noting the serious challenges that still must be addressed.

“Picking the winners was a challenge since so many of the entries shared fascinating insights about what inspires them about today’s tribes.” George continued, “Parker Kiniry’s winning essay stood out for candidly describing what she learned and was surprised by. For example, she talked about how heartwarming it was to see how tribes care for their communities and others, particularly in this time of tremendous struggle.” 

The essay contest was promoted in Washington Indian Tribes Today (see below).

The top prize winner will receive a $100 gift card and a comic book by the award-winning Port Gamble S’Klallam artist, Jeffrey Veregge. Second and third place finalists will also receive prizes. All qualified submissions will receive a certificate of merit.

Learn all about the 29 Washington Indian Tribes in this 8-page educational supplement. You can download the supplement to read and share with your students. We would also like to thank all of the teachers and parents for encouraging their students to participate in the essay contest.


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