Begin the process of reconciliation and change the name of Kit Carson Memorial Park.

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Begin the process of reconciliation and change the name of Kit Carson Memorial Park.

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Native Children's Survival started this petition to Daniel R. Barrone Town of Taos Mayor and

Taos, New Mexico is a place of great natural beauty, with sacred mountains, sagebrush plains and the cavernous Rio Grande Gorge. Taos Pueblo has been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years and is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark.  

Taos is also a multi-cultural community, with a vibrant artist’s colony. It is a place divided by race, ethnicity and class, with a long history of conquest, colonization, exploitation, dispossession and poverty. Nowhere is the past and its legacy of historical and intergenerational trauma more visible than in the naming of its places: Streets, Parks and National Forests.  

In recognition of the symbolic nature of naming, the Taos Town Council changed the name of Kit Carson Memorial Park to Red Willow Park. The inevitable name change ignited a heated and controversial debate and the town rescinded the vote to use the name Red Willow. 

The issue has touched a nerve, opening the door to a new process for the name change. The process of renaming the park provides a unique platform to discuss Taos’ painful and hidden history, and promote dialogue and reconciliation.

Sign the Petition to urge the Mayor and Town Council of Taos to change the name of Kit Carson Memorial Park to a new, inclusive name and let us move peacefully beyond the mistakes of History, into a future we can proudly pass on to all of our children. 

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This petition had 49 supporters