KAI welcomed Rosalie Fish

Monday, June 3, 2019

Rosalie Fish at the 2019 Class 1B state meet in Cheney, WA. Photo credit: Alex Flett Photography.

Rosalie Fish at the 2019 Class 1B state meet in Cheney, WA. Photo credit: Alex Flett Photography.


Muckleshoot Tribe teen, Rosalie Fish, has made quite a splash with her brave effort to bring awareness to missing and murdered indigenous women and girls #MMIWG. She won the 2019 Washington State titles for the 800, 1600, and 3200 meter races while painted with MMIW, bringing regional and national attention to this problem.

Rosalie painted a hand over her mouth to speak for those who couldn’t speak for themselves. She later said, “It’s the first time I ran for anyone other than myself…This is the first time I’ve ever made a scene and not been apologetic.”

KAI reached out to Rosalie and she agreed to come to Spokane to do a PSA for our state-wide Native youth marijuana prevention campaign. The KAI staff spent the day getting to know her, had lunch together, and Jo Ann presented her with a Chief Joseph Pendleton blanket as a token of appreciation for her advocacy.


A still shot from Rosalie Fish's PSA videoJo Ann Kauffman presents Rosalie Fish with a Chief Joseph blanket

Rosalie Fish having lunch at KAI SpokaneRosalie Fish speaks about her experiences