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Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

This November, Sounders FC celebrates Native American Heritage Month by amplifying the voices of local Native American experts, investing in communities, and supporting Native-owned small businesses.

Burke Museum

Sounders FC has partnered with local experts at the Burke Museum to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. On Sunday, November 14, admission to the Burke Museum is free when you wear your Sounders FC jersey! The first 100 youth will also receive a free soccer ball, courtesy of RAVE Foundation.

With working labs you can see into, one-of-a-kind objects all around you, and galleries filled with curiosity and conversation, at the Burke, you see—and feel—a world alive. The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus in Seattle with a focus on dinosaurs, fossils, Northwest Native art, plant and animal collections, and cultural pieces from across the globe.

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Sounders FC x Intentionalist

During the month, we continue to partner with Intentionalist, an online guide to intentional spending that supports small businesses and diverse local communities.

On November 14, visit Off the Rez Café for a special deal, courtesy of Sounders FC x Intentionalist! Those stopping by the café on this date can enjoy a free Indian Taco or Sweet Frybread; simply let the Off the Rez team know to put on the Sounders FC x Intentionalist tab.

Off the Rez is owned by Mark McConnell and Ceclia Rikard, and located at the Burke Museum. Mark grew up eating his mom’s cooking at family gatherings and powwows on the Blackfeet Rez in Browning, Montana. In 2019, Mark and his partner Cecilia Rikard opened Off The Rez Cafe at the Burke Museum, building on the success of Seattle’s first Native food truck, serving delicious traditional Blackfeet fry bread, tacos, and other creations inspired by Mark’s family recipes.

After visiting Off the Rez Café, fans can write a recommendation on the Off the Rez Intentionalist listing page by November 30 for a chance to win an autographed Sounders FC jersey!

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Our Stories Are Your Stories: Native American Heritage Month

This month, we continued the Our Stories are Your Stories series with Sounders FC supporters Polly Olsen, Kyle Shield and Sara Shields sharing stories of their Native American heritage, showcasing the diversity of experiences across the Sounders family.

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Sounders FC is an anti-racist organization. We are committed to using soccer as a tool to improve the systemic inequities that systemically harm Black youth; to identifying experts, listening to them and using our platform to amplify their voices; and to supporting local Black-owned businesses that have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Support BIPOC-Owned Businesses

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Sounders FC has teamed up with Intentionalist, an online guide to intentional spending that makes it easy to find and support small businesses and diverse local communities, for a year-long collaboration to consistently support and tell the stories of BIPOC-owned businesses.

Empower BIPOC Youth

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Sounders FC and RAVE Foundation have partnered with the Northwest African American Museum for ‘Books and Balls’ giveaways in historically marginalized communities throughout the year. RAVE Foundation provides a soccer ball to each youth, to give them access to sport and play, while NAAM provides children’s books curated by Black authors, illustrated by Black artists, and that center and affirm Black characters.