CA State Parks Must Honor & Respect Nature & Indigenous People

CA State Parks Must Honor & Respect Nature & Indigenous People

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The California Chaparral Institute started this petition to Governor Gavin Newsom and

It is time to finally honor the Indigenous People of California.

Therefore, we call on California State Parks to:

1. Respect the Land. The Kumeyaay did not use poisons, chain saws, and giant grinding machines, as State Parks is now using in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park to force Nature to comply with their demands. Indigenous Peoples worked with Nature because they respected its power - California needs to do the same and not use legal loop holes to avoid proper environmental reviews as was done with the "reforestation" project at Cuyamaca Rancho. Indigenous Peoples and other community members must be allowed to provide input as required under the California Environmental Quality Act which State Parks violated in 2009. Therefore, the Cuyamaca Rancho "reforestation" project needs to be stopped until a full environmental assessment has been completed.

2. Rename Stonewall Peak. One of the most notable mountains in Cuyamaca State Park, known as Stonewall Peak, held a powerful place in the lives of the Kumeyaay. Before the world was wounded, a fearsome beast lurked within a granite overhang on the mountain's western side. The peak is currently named after a Confederate general. This needs to change. We need to honor the people who were on the land first. The peak must be recognized by the name long maintained by the Kumeyaay, "Cushi-Pi."

3. Go beyond performance actions (acknowledging racism, increasing diversity funding, etc.) to implement true transformation, including:
- structural changes to ensure diversity within public programs
- make parks more accessible and welcoming to people of color
- award more leadership/ranger positions to people of color
- honor Indigenous history throughout state parks
- recognize the forced removal of Indigenous People from park lands

Details about how State Parks is violating Nature at Cuyamaca can be found here:
https://californiachaparral.org/threats/cuyamaca-state-park/

PHOTO: Stonewall Peak. Foreground shows damage caused by an out-of-control prescribed burn - the spread of invasive, flammable cheat grass and damaged oaks that had survived the 2003 Cedar Fire.

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