East Bay Regional Park District: Adopt a best practices consultation policy with local Native peoples.
  • Petitioned Whitney Dotson

This petition was delivered to:

Board Member
Whitney Dotson
Board Member
John Sutter
Board Member
Carol Severin
Board Member
Doug Siden
Board Member
Ayn Wieskamp
Board Member
Beverly Lane
Board Member
Ted Radke
Chief of Planning and Stewardship
Brian Wiese
Assistant General Manager
Michael Anderson
General Manager
Robert Doyle

East Bay Regional Park District: Adopt a best practices consultation policy with local Native peoples.

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      Solidarity With Indigenous Peoples

Please sign the below petition to support the protection of Indigenous peoples’ sovereign rights and land in the California Bay Area. For more information about the continued issues with East Bay Regional Park District’s lack of respect for the needs of local Native peoples, please see: https://vimeo.com/43092751. The District is planning to finalize its new Master Plan by mid-July and must be encouraged to make the appropriate and long overdue changes to its policies prior to the plan’s adoption:

As constituents of the counties in which the East Bay Regional Park District operates, we strongly urge the district to adopt a best practices consultation policy with local Native peoples in its Master Plan prior to the plan’s final adoption. This policy should be based upon the guidelines defined in California State Law 18 (SB18), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and the federal Native American Graves and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). We ask that each and every district board member familiarize her/himself with the above stated laws, starting with the California State Office of Planning and Research’s interpretive guide to SB18 found at http://opr.ca.gov/docs/09_14_05_Updated_Guidelines_922.pdf, which describes in detail what is meant by a meaningful consultation process. That the district has thus far been remiss in adopting any viable consultation procedures is not only profoundly disrespectful to the original and still present inhabitants of this land, but also against the law.

We also ask that the district create positions within its planning department for local tribal peoples to address the protection of their cultural resources and sacred areas. The district administers more than 100,000 acres of land in Alameda and Contra Costa counties and has hundreds of full and part-time employees, but not a single staff member is from a local Native tribe. 

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    • Jay Rehor OAKLAND, CA
      • 7 months ago

      As an archaeologist and cultural resource manager in the East Bay, i understand that it is vital that EBRP actively include indigenous voices in its management efforts, in order to best serve the people of the Bay Area

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    • Janeen Antoine PIEDMONT, CA
      • 8 months ago

      If local native peoples want a say i stewardship of their traditional lands they should have it. Period.

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    • Amanda Stephenson O'FALLON, MO
      • 12 months ago

      Tribal peoples deserve to have access to and control of their sacred lands!

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    • carmen scott LIVERMORE, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      why do we need a reaon, we the native tribes like to shear the land with all people, for pease and wild life, not to destroy the land.

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    • Sioux Messinger SONOMA, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      These sacred lands rightly belong to Native people. We all remain in integrity, and claim some semblance of democracy, when basic rights and protections such as these are upheld.

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