Rename “Mt. Rainier National Park” to "Tahoma National Park" to honor its original peoples

Rename “Mt. Rainier National Park” to "Tahoma National Park" to honor its original peoples

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Michael Stine started this petition to United States Department of the Interior and

For thousands of years before the arrival of European settlers like George Vancouver or Peter Rainier, the Lushootseed speaking peoples of the Pacific Northwest knew Mt. Rainer and other geographic landmarks by names that honored the majesty of this land. In the last 200 years, our ancestors have systematically taken lands from the various Coast Salish tribes (Duwamish, Nisqually, Snoqualmie, Suquamish, Muckleshoot, Puyallup) and overwritten their names and traditions throughout the region. We owe these peoples the honor and dignity of returning at least the names if not the lands that we can to their rightful origins.

Knowing our land, its history, its original peoples and their cultures, benefits everyone in the region. Names matter. They can inform, inspire, and do honor by their simple presence. It's time to rename Mt. Rainier peak and the National Park that bares its name back to "Tahoma."

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