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Green River, Auburn City Officials Welcome Chinese Sister City Delegation

Representatives of Sister City Delegation

Over 80 representatives of Green River, the City of Auburn and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe joined officials from Guanghan, China, People's Government Thursday to welcome the Friendship Agreement between the two cities as part of Auburn's Sister City Program. The reception follows a visit to Guanghan by representatives of Green River and the City of Auburn on May 4 and 5.

"During our visit to Guanghan, we set the foundation of a strong relationship based on educating our students and cultural understanding," Eileen Ely, Green River's president, said. "Our students are the manifestation of the relationship we set in May - they are the reason we work so hard to build the bridges between our communities."

The reception included a performance by the Muckleshoot Canoe & Drum Family members and a dinner held in the lobby of Salish Hall. Ely, Auburn Mayor and member of the Green River Board of Trustees Pete Lewis joined members of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe to present the Guanghan officials with a tribal blanket representing diversity and acceptance. Green River students served as translators for the evening.

The Sister Cities Program is designed for residents of Auburn to develop relationships with cities around the world through shared cultural exchanges, educational programs and community events. In addition to China, Auburn has partnerships or friendship agreements with cities in Japan, Korea and Italy.