Blurred out graffiti found at the Salish School

Volunteers clean up graffiti after Salish school break-in

By Elizabeth Backstrom and Elizabeth Schindler

A volunteer cleanup crew of more than 200 people joined staff at the Salish School of Spokane on Saturday to help paint over racist graffiti found on the walls and whiteboard May 4. Attendees included City Council President Ben Stuckart and Rep. Andy Billig, as well as leaders of the Colville and Spokane tribes.

The school, which operates a childcare center, ECEAP center, and provides Salish language classes, currently does not have security cameras, and staff said they don’t know how vandals entered the building.

Representatives from No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane plan to donate a security system to the school.

Police are investigating the incident, one of a string of recent hate crimes in Spokane, including anti-Semitic slurs found painted on the Community Building downtown and vandalism at the Martin Luther King Center.

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