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By David Pan 

Vandals deface Point Elliott Treaty monument

Bronze plaque also is missing

 

Last updated 11/11/2020 at 12:29pm

Photo courtesy of Mukilteo Police

The Point Elliott Treaty monument was defaced with graffiti and the bronze plaque stolen.

Vandals defaced the 1931 monument commemorating the signing of the Point Elliott Peace Treaty, and the bronze plaque also is missing.

Mukilteo Police received word from city staff Oct. 13 on the damage to the stone structure located at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue near Rosehill Community Center.

Graffiti was spray painted on the monument, though public works staff has since removed it.

The letters at the top of the structure are known to be a shorthand message about police, according to Mukilteo Detective John Ernst.

The suspect or suspects also wrote an expletive and also made reference to broken treaties. A circle-A anarchist symbol, a monogram that consists of the capital letter "A" surrounded by the capital letter "O," was used.

"We think it may have been a political statement," Ernst said.

Police have been in contact with scrap-metal buyers to keep an eye out for the missing plaque.

"We're not sure if the plaque was stolen to try and sell it as a scrap," Ernst said.

Graffiti is not a common crime in Mukilteo, with the department receiving at the most three or four calls a month.

"Part of the reason is our public works department is so good at getting out and eradicating it," Ernst said. "If you don't do anything about it, it's open season. Our public works department does a fantastic job with that."

The calls police receive generally are complaints about graffiti on public property.

"City parks tend to be the most common target," Ernst said.

Photo courtesy of Mukilteo Police

The Point Elliott Treaty plaque is missing.

The Northwest Treaty Tribes website said of the Treaty of Point Elliott, "Tribal leaders, including those representing the Lummi, Muckleshoot, Nooksack, Sauk-Suiattle, Stillaguamish, Suquamish, Swinomish, Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skykomish and Upper Skagit tribes, marked X's beside their names on the treaty. In doing so, they ceded almost all of their land in exchange for the continued right to fish, hunt and gather as they always had, as well as health care and education for tribal members.

"Tribal members were relocated to reservations, and those from the Snohomish, Snoqualmie and Skykomish tribes, along with allied bands, became known as the Tulalip Tribes."

In a written statement about the vandalism, Mayor Jennifer Gregerson said, "The signing location itself has an important significance in our shared history with the Northwest Tribes. I believe this act of vandalism can provide an opportunity to spur our community forward into a new conversation. I hope that we can find a different way to explain and acknowledge that history at this site in Mukilteo. I plan to work on this effort moving forward."

Anyone with information about this incident can email Mukilteo Police at [email protected]

 

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