• Petitioned President Barrack Obama and Chief of the Forest Service, Tom Tidell

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President Barrack Obama and Chief of the Forest Service, Tom Tidell

Forest Service must respect Native American ceremonies on public lands.

    1. Petition by

      Devon Pena

      Shoreline, WA

The Winnemem-Wintu First Nation is being denied the exercise of religious and spiritual ceremonies on ancestral tribal lands currently managed by the United States Forest Service (USFS). The sacred ceremonies being disrupted are coming-of-age rituals for young initiate women. This is a very significant environmental justice struggle and we are still working to get an unjust fine of $10,000 and jail term assessed against Chief Caleen Sisk rescinded. This is not the only case, and other Native American ceremonial practices are being disrupted across the country's public lands which are nonetheless subject to Treaty obligations and federally-reserved indigenous rights.This is also contrary to President Obama's declaration of support for Executive Order 12898 establishing a federal environmental justice policy.

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    • Kolini Ogle NORTHLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • over 1 year ago

      First nation people of their Land fighting for their rights and traditions

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    • Michelle Linga NORTH OLMSTED, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      The Native American ceremonies are part culture and part religion. How can a country that professes to have freedom of religious beliefs deny the religious and cultural freedoms of the first Americans?

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    • Gloria Deasy LAWTON, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      It is important because it was "Indian" land first and that fact should be respected.

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    • Scott Kester LANSFORD, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      My Native brothers and Sisters are part of the land. How can the Love that we have for the land and respect for all living things be a bad thing for them to celebrate on this land. After all it was their land before the Europeans ever thought about coming here. After all these years hasn't anyone learned anything about the Native Americans way of life. They had the land taken from them now they are to give up their ceremonies too. Let us as a human race respect the Native America rights.

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    • tsali tsequana SANTA MARIA, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      ceremonies are important to us, we show respect and honor with ceremonies.

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