United Indians of All Tribes Foundation (UIATF) was founded in 1970 to secure a land base and offer culturally responsive services to American Indians and Alaska Natives living off tribal lands in the Salish Sea region. Our work promotes the interrelated goals of cultural connection, economic self-sufficiency, artistic expression, improved public health, school readiness, and housing stability. As an Indigenous-led and Indigenous-serving organization, we experience these issues as intertwined.
The focus of our fundraising efforts this month is our Daybreak Star Preschool program, which lies at the heart of our mission, our organization, and our community. Our preschool serves everyone but especially our Urban Native children and families, providing an enriching early learning experience that weaves Indigenous teachings into every part of the school day and giving our children the skills and start they need to thrive.
Countless members of the Daybreak Star community grew up attending our preschool, and many of these community members along with parent volunteers and Elders remain engaged in preschool life and programming. Parents tell us that Daybreak Star Preschool has been transformative in their children’s lives. One father called Daybreak Star the greatest thing that has happened to his son, especially the opportunity to be around other Native children experiencing Native traditions. Children have come to rely on our engaging activities, our devoted staff, our supportive community, and our healthy meals.
Supporters of UIATF and Daybreak Star Preschool can ensure that this resource-intensive program can continue its vital work of giving Native children the best start in life.
We hope to ultimately raise a total of $250,000, specifically:
$100,000 to run our bus service, making transportation available and accessible for our children
$50,000 for tuition aid for our families who are not eligible for the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) sliding scale tuition
$45,000 to support our meal and food sovereignty programs
$20,000 for practice, bringing in knowledge carriers, and professional development
$20,000 for rent
$15,000 to support the rising cost of living for our teachers