Tribe joins opposition to school demolition


_635576434995088658-nativeschool The former Wilson Pacific School in North Seattle (Photo: KING)

Chris Ingalls | KING 5 News

SEATTLE — A direct descendant of Seattle’s namesake, Chief Sealth, has come out in opposition of a plan to demolish a Seattle school complex.

Sealth’s great, great grandniece Cecelia Hansen says tearing down the former Wilson Pacific School in north Seattle sends the wrong message.

“Today it’s just like they want to erase that history and it’s wrong,” Hansen told KING 5.

For many years, Wilson Pacific has been the headquarters for programs specialized for Native American students.

The school buildings are also adorned with murals by renowned artist Andrew Morrison, including a two story high portrait of Chief Sealth.

“They forgot the history on this land. It was given up by our people,” said Hansen. She is the chairwoman of the Duwamish tribe which originally inhabited Seattle.

When Wilson Pacific was built…

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