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Martin Luther King Day of Service

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Martin Luther King Day of Service

Time: January 16, 2012 from 10am to 4pm
Location: Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center @ Discovery Park
Street: Discovery Park
City/Town: Seattle, Washington
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Phone: 206-849-8141
Event Type: day_of_service
Organized By: Joyce LeCompte-Mastenbrook & Keith Mastenbrook
Latest Activity: Jan 16, 2012

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Friends of the Bernie Whitbear Daybreak Star Garden are working to transform the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center's 20 acres of land at Discovery Park into a model of sustainable land management practices. We've teamed up with United Way to jump-start our efforts.

On Martin Luther King Day we will work to heal the legacy of Fort Lawton by removing invasive species from the Serpent Mound that delimits the eastern boundary of the Daybreak Star lands. This will be done in preparation for future planting of culturally significant plants used by First Peoples for food, medicine, fiber, tools, and technology.

Please join us for a day of fun and meaningful work in this beautiful setting! 

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Comment by Keith Mastenbrook on January 16, 2012 at 5:24pm

Sorry that I didn't think about this sooner, but I suppose everyone guessed that the snow would make this day of service opportunity impossible.  We are rescheduling and have picked February 11th.  I hope this works out better, and I'll post more news as the details become available.

Comment by Daniel F Keefe on January 15, 2012 at 9:50pm

Will likely not be able to make it due to unexpected competing issues and then there is the snow.


Comment by Anna Luna on January 15, 2012 at 6:43pm

What are the chances of this happening with the snow?

Comment by Keith Mastenbrook on January 4, 2012 at 12:43pm

I really hope to see any friends from SustNE that can join Joyce and me, and the Friends of the Bernie Whitebear Daybreak Star Garden, as we take our work with the United Indians of All Tribes to the next level.  For the past eight years we have been working on the ethnobotanical garden that comprises 6000 SF of the Daybreak Star 20-acre site.  This work reached its zenith in 2011, with work funded by a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Small-and-Simple grant to improve pathways, add new plants, install new plants signage, construct a garden kiosk, and publish a garden brochure.  Tours of the garden will be offered during this Day of Service event.

Daybreak Star represents a unique effort by community activists from more than forty years ago, when the Gang of Four organized to address social justice issues.  Bernie Whitebear, a native-american, Larry Gossett, an afro-american, Roberto Maestas, a mexican-american, Bob Santos, a filipino-american, joined forces to achieve shared objectives.  There is a strong message here for our times that we can learn from the strength that comes from enlarging our community.

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