A display honoring Chief Moses in Moses Lake’s Sinkiuse Square 

NESPELEM & MOSES LAKE , WA- 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.” 

Event Details—The Chief Moses Banner Unveiling Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 30th at 11:00a.m. in Sinkiuse Square. The event is open to the public. During this ceremony you will hear from Colville Business Council Chairman Rodney Cawston, Culture Committee Chairwoman Karen Condon, and other members of the Colville Business Council, Moses Lake Mayor David Curnel, City Manager Allison Williams and Downtown Moses Lake Association’s Executive Director, Lexi Smith. Once we have heard from each of our speakers, the banners will be revealed as DMLA’s Board of Directors simultaneously remove the coverings. We are also pleased to announce that a variety of community leaders will be present at this ceremony including: 

Moses Lake School District Superintendent Joshua Meek, Representative Alex Ybarra and multiple City Council Members.*Limited seating will be available, please bring any chairs 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 www.dmlaevents.com or by contacting the Downtown Moses Lake Association - (509) 770-1700.

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