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We want to acknowledge that the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation and the Nuxwsa’7aq (Nooksack) tribes are located in the heart of Whatcom County.  Accordingly, we take this opportunity to recognize that we live, work and learn within the original homelands of the Coast Salish peoples and that their language names many of our schools here, including Kulshan (Kwelshan).  We acknowledge that the Coast Salish peoples have lived and nurtured these lands since time immemorial and we recognize that we are here because of the sacrifice forced upon them. In recognizing these tribal communities, we honor and seek to raise up and center their legacy, their lives, their descendants, and their living culture.