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Robert Eaglestaff was a legendary and remarkable leader, as the principal of Indian Heritage School from 1989-1996 he left an indelible mark on our intertribal community. Under his guidance the Indian Heritage School was at its pinnacle, and a model for all urban intertribal alternative schools, serving as a program which balanced academic success with the cultural, traditional, and socio-historical uniqueness of tribal learners. Renaming the school will honor his lifelong commitment, dedication, and sacrifice to Indian Education and Native learners. The Eaglestaff family fully endorses and supports this effort as an honorable gesture of commemorating a great educator, leader, and community member.     

Photo of Wilson Pacific School at the 'Save the Murals' session in collaboration with Idle No More Washington (Sweetwater Nannauck) and the Backbone Campaign on April 23, 2013

Photo by Damien Conway 

Letter to
Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools José Banda
Seattle Public Schools District Board of Directors
Dear Mr. José Banda,

We would like to propose renaming the Wilson Pacific School to the Robert Eaglestaff School. The Urban Native Education Alliance is currently leading this proposal with support from Indian Heritage Alumni, SPS staff, administrators, current students, and the local inter-tribal community. We believe naming the school is a respectable tribute to the late Robert Eaglestaff, his family, and his tribe.

Robert Eaglestaff was a legendary and remarkable leader, as the principal of Indian Heritage School from 1989-1996 he left an indelible mark on our inter-tribal community. Under his guidance the Indian Heritage School was at its pinnacle, and a model for all urban inter-tribal alternative schools, serving as a program which balanced academic success with the cultural, traditional, and socio-historical uniqueness of tribal learners. Renaming the school will honor his lifelong commitment, dedication, and sacrifice to Indian Education and Native learners. The Eaglestaff family fully endorses and supports this effort as an honorable gesture of commemorating a great educator, leader, and community member.

Our interest in renaming the school has been a discussion within the urban Native community for many years. We have held several meetings, open discussions, utilizing multi-media and direct conversations with the Native community in which we have received overwhelming support. Our endeavor to pay homage to Robert Eaglestaff underscores our desire to lift and unite our community, strengthen our relationship with Seattle Public Schools, and demonstrate our resolve to work together to benefit our Native students.

We believe that now is a pivotal time with the pending demolition plan for the current school site. In this time of transition it is our desire that upon completion of the building at the Wilson Pacific site it will carry the name of the Robert Eaglestaff School.

Thank you for your consideration and for your pledge to engage with the Native American community in a meaningful way that will serve the best interests for our Native students. We look forward to a fresh start with a new building, a new name, and a renewed commitment for undertaking the process of the revitalization of the Indian Heritage Program.

Respectfully,

Sarah Sense-Wilson
UNEA Chairperson