Regarding the Saturday article, “They’d rather be in Marysville”: Not all “non-Indians” dislike their new address within the Tulalip Indian Reservation. We have proudly lived on the reservation for 20 years and welcomed the name change, believing that “Tulalip” better reflected the tribal heritage of our unique surroundings. The change has caused us no problem with our postal service.
Of greater concern is the “us vs. them” mentality expressed throughout the article and others about this hotly debated subject. There is, and has been, a thinly veiled tone of racism and intolerance that we find unacceptable and divisive. We are a community of Native and non-Native Americans who live within the historical boundaries of The Tulalip Tribes. We are governed under the jurisdiction of both the tribe (read your deed) and Snohomish County. It would be our hope that we would strive for better cooperation and understanding between all entities.
We feel privileged to live on the Tulalip Reservation. Our common goal should be to improve and protect it – not to squabble over a name and all of its connotations.
Steve and Debbie Wescott