A group of University of Washington-Tacoma graduate students had the opportunity to tour Puyallup Tribal buildings Feb. 19, learning about all the Tribe has to offer its people and the greater community. Tribal Councilmember David Bean led the students through Chief Leschi, introducing them to the programs and unique educational opportunities students enjoy at the school.
The students are working on their master's degrees in social work, and the project itself is for a human behavior and the social environment course. Groups of students are focusing on a specific community of their choice, and the prominent role the Puyallup Tribe plays in the region attracted these students to learn more about the Tribe's inner workings.
Touring Chief Leschi Schools gave students a chance to learn more about the differences between public schools and the cultural education students experience there.
"We really didn't have much background information about the Puyallup Tribe before this," said Janessa Nendney, one of the students involved in the project. "I did not realize everything the Tribe offers its members. If you need help with after-school activities, going to college, they can help. I wish more communities were that invested in their people."
Students also visited the youth center, housing authority, health clinic and more, to gain a greater understanding of how the Tribal community operates.