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Photo: Downtown Moses Lake Association 

MOSES LAKE - The Downtown Moses Lake Association and Colville Business Council are set to unveil a new Chief Moses Banner on June 30.

A ceremony is planned at 11 a.m. on June 30 at Sinkiuse Square in downtown Moses Lake. Colville Business Council Chairman Rodney Cawston, Culture Committee Chairwoman Karen Condon and other members of the Colville Business Council, along with Moses Lake Mayor David Curnel and City Manager Allison Williams will be on hand.

“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 škwáxənəxʷ (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 with these place. 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 škwáxənəxʷ and showing appreciation to those whose territory present day residents now reside on.”

The Downtown Moses Lake Association in the summer of 2020 proposed an idea of designing banners to celebrate Chief Moses, whom the city is named after.

“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,” Downtown Moses Lake Association members stated.