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Resist oppression, change the name of McKinleyville back to Dalhagali'

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What's in a town name MCKINLEYVILLE? Named "McKinleyville" at the turn of the 1900's thereby legitimizing active colonialism, condoning the genocide of indigenous people and exalting "Manifest Destiny". President McKinley's actions were complicit in the genocide of indigenous people and his hand was instrumental in the stealing of Hawaii from the Hawaiian monarchy and native people. Meanwhile, the history of thousands of years of continuous habitation of this place by the indigenous Wiyot people has been completely erased from the landscape and consciousness of most current town dwellers. A renaming of the town is merited. The Wiyot called this place Dalhagali'.  We the undersigned would ask that the McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee, as representative of community voice and interests, undertake to make recommendation to the County Board of Supervisors to place a referendum on the next ballot--allowing the community the opportunity to vote on a town name change.



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