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Ceremony of Chief Moses statue rescheduled due to high temperatures, event will now happen on July

Photo of Chief Moses by WSU Library

- Moses Lake, WA

The Chief Moses Banner Unveiling Ceremony will now be held on

Tuesday, July 6th at 11:00a.m. in Sinkiuse Square. The decision was made due to the scorching hot temperatures the northern west coast has been experiencing this week. The event is open to the public.

Once we have heard from each of our speakers, the banners will be revealed as DMLA’s

Board of Directors simultaneously remove the coverings. *Limited seating will be

available, please bring anychairs or accommodations you may need*.

We are inviting our community to join us in this experience as we welcome this

valuable addition into the downtown area. More information on this event can be found at or by contacting the

Downtown Moses Lake Association - (509)770-1700.

The Downtown Moses Lake Association (DMLA) and Colville Business Council are honored to invite you to an upcoming ceremony that will reveal a commemorative display of Chief Moses in Downtown Moses Lake. In the summer of 2020, the DMLA proposed the idea of designing banners that would celebrate Chief Moses and serve as a unique rendition in Sinkiuse Square. Moses Lake was named after Chief Moses (1829-1899), leader of the Sinkiuse or Columbia tribe of Indians. škwáxčənəxw or the Moses- Columbia people means "People living on the bank." We are looking forward to sharing the outcome of this collaborative effort and embracing a vital piece of Moses Lake’s history in the downtown area.

Colville Business Council Chariman, Rodney Cawston, says, “On behalf of the

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, I would like to thank the City of Moses Lake for recognizing and respecting the škwáxčənəxw (Moses Columbia Tribe) who lived on this land since time immemorial. All of the traditional homelands of all of our twelve constituent tribes continue their enduring relationships to these places. This relationship does not exist in a past tense; today our people continue to travel back to their homelands to gather traditional foods, medicines and other resources. The installation at Sinkiuse Square demonstrates a way of honoring the škwáxčənəxw and showing appreciation to those whose territory present day

residents now reside on.”

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