Whistalks Way Community Celebration

Lisa Gardner, City Council Communications Director, 509.625.6226

Monday, August 16, 2021 at 3:40 p.m.

Council Member Karen Stratton has collaborated with Spokane Tribe, The Native Project, The Native American Alliance for Policy and Action (TNAAPA), and the Community Colleges of Spokane to celebrate Whistalks Way and honor Native and Indigenous women in the community as Women Warriors.

“Last year, Council voted unanimously the change of Fort George Wright Drive’s to Whistalks Way and it is time we properly celebrate its renaming,” says Councilwoman Karen Stratton.  “As we celebrate a great woman warrior Whistalks, we look to celebrate women who display that same strength as warriors in our region.”

Date: Friday, August 20, 2021

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm 

Location:     Spokane Falls Community College

                     3410 W. Whistalks Way    

Whist-alks, a Spokane woman who was the daughter of Chief Polotkin and wife of Qualchan a Yakama warrior was selected as it represented her strength, leadership, and devotion to her tribe.  The celebration will honor indigenous women serving in the community as medical professionals, environmentalists, educators, and leaders in the Greater Spokane Region.

The celebration will include land acknowledgement, Spokane Tribe presenting Spokane Falls Community College with a painting, songs by Rose Creek Singers, recognizing women leaders, and refreshments.

Watch our latest Council Connection to learn more about renaming of Whistalks Way and Spokane’s Land Acknowledgement.