Rename Lane County to Honor Kalapuya Sovereignty

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Crystal Bryan
Crystal Bryan signed this petition

We implore the Lane County Board of Commissioners to work closely with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz to immediately change the name of Lane County, Oregon. We as citizens respect the sovereignty and dignity of the Kalapuya people and their heritage. 

Lane County is currently named for the racist Joseph Lane, who brutalized and killed many native civilians. Lane also ran as the pro-slavery vice-presidential candidate on the Southern Democratic ticket in 1860. 

We have a lot of work ahead of us - but changing the county name is long overdue for the health and integrity of our community, as well as our future. As citizens we ask that the name change reflect what was stolen from them as one small step toward reparations.