indigenous rights

139 petitions

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Petition to County Supervisor Nathan Magsig, Jean M. Rousseau, Assemblyman Jim Patterson, Congressman Tom McClintock, Dunlap Band of Mono Indians, Traditional Choinumni Tribe, Wukchumni Tribal Council, Northern Band of Mono Yokuts, Squaw Valley Tribe


     What if I told you there was one common word sexual predators of Native American women used?  What if I told you some individuals vehemently defend the term as a word of honor and respect?  What if I told you an entire community was named after this word? That word is "squaw”.       Although the word “squaw” is defined as a North American Indian woman or wife, it is clear that the term is now offensive due to its pejorative usage over time, despite the lack of awareness by Non-Native Americans. The historical roots of the term “squaw” suggests it emphasizes sexual desires when the term was used; to mean female genitalia; and to denote a Native American woman who provides sexual satisfaction.      The term “squaw” in American literature shows that it describes a Native American woman who is a failed “princess”.  While an “Indian Princess” was thought to be natural, wholesome, virtuous, honorable, and connote virginity; the “squaw” was considered to be ugly, debased, immoral, and a sexual convenience that lived a squalid life of servile toil and openly available to Non-Native men.   The word “squaw” epitomizes the racism and sexism Native American women face.      I am an enrolled member of the Dunlap Band of Mono Indian Tribe and self identify as also Choinumni, both tribally indigenous to the valley.  Not only do the indigenous tribes to the valley remain Non-Federally recognized, its unconscionable that all of our mothers and daughters continue to be subjected to such blatant disrespect. Its 2021, not one more day!  Names are powerful, helping to form our identity; they are a significant contributor to one's self esteem.        Sign and stand with us, amplifying our call to respect our community, all impacted grandmothers, mothers, daughters, future Native American female generations, and Mother Earth, to end the use of a pejorative, specific for Native American women, for geographic naming.   LINK TO PROPOSED RESOLUTION     Contact: (559) 581-2893 /          LOCATION:  "Squaw Valley" is a census-designated place located in Fresno County, California, United States of America (zip codes 93646 & 93675)

Roman Rain Tree
18,256 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. department of justice

Drop the Charges Against Incarcerated Survivor Maddesyn George

SUMMARY Maddesyn George is a 27-year-old Native woman and mother from the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington State and a survivor of domestic and sexual violence. She has been jailed for more than a year for defending herself against a white man who raped her and threatened her life. She is facing as many as seventeen years in a federal prison in California, more than 1,000 miles from her eighteen-month-old daughter, family, and community. Please join us in urging the U.S. Department of Justice to drop the charges against Maddesyn by signing this petition. BACKGROUND Maddesyn George is a 27-year-old Native woman and mother from the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington State and a survivor of domestic and sexual violence. In July 2020, she was raped by a white man whom she had previously considered a friend. After the rape, she took the gun he had threatened to shoot her with and fled for safety. When the man found Maddesyn the next morning, the two struggled over the gun and Maddesyn fired a fatal shot. She immediately called 911. Maddesyn was booked into Colville Tribal Corrections and never given access to medical attention or a rape kit. The Colville Tribal Prosecutor’s Office charged her with criminal homicide. Maddesyn argued that she acted in self-defense and the charges were ultimately dismissed in tribal court. However, because the shooting occurred on a reservation, federal prosecutors exercised their jurisdiction to bring new charges against Maddesyn. She has since been held without bail in the Spokane County Jail. Maddesyn now faces as many as seventeen years in a federal prison. The closest federal prison for women is in California, more than 1,000 miles from her sixteen-month-old daughter, family, and community. Maddesyn is being punished for saving her own life. Members of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Washington point to the prosecution as a part of a colonial legacy of gendered violence. For Indigenous women, criminal legal systems more often neglect or exacerbate harm rather than provide support and reparation. Washington State recently passed legislation to increase reporting and investigation of cases of missing and murdered indigenous women, however much more is needed to end this violence, including support for survivors like Maddesyn. Please join Maddesyn’s family and community of supporters in urging the U.S. Department of Justice to drop the charges against Maddesyn.   To learn more about Maddesyn's story and additional ways you can support, visit

Campaign to Free Maddesyn George
7,719 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Judith Batty

Remove Harmful Palm Oil From Girl Scout Cookies

We are Girl Scout Troop 65744 from Denver, CO and we love selling cookies! In 2021 our small but mighty troop sold over 1,300 boxes of cookies -- during a Pandemic! But we also started learning about a harmful ingredient in the cookies: palm oil, which isn’t good for the planet, or the people harvesting it.  As Girl Scouts, we pledge to make the world a better place. But the palm oil used in the cookies is not 100% sustainably & ethically produced, causing problems such as: Deforestation — jungles are being torn down to be replaced by palm trees. Destruction of animal habitats, including endangered species such as orangutans. Displacement of indigenous peoples, who have lived in the jungle for centuries. Unfair labor practices, including child labor and indentured servitude.  A lot of palm oil is harvested using unfair labor practices, including child labor. Children cannot go to school because they have to work. Families aren’t paid enough to make a good living. In 2021, we donated over half of our sales proceeds to the World Wildlife Fund to help any damage that may have been done by harvesting palm oil for our cookies. But we have to do better. We want to stay true to our pledge to make the world a better place.  We’re asking Girl Scouts USA to make sure that any palm oil that is used is 100% completely sustainably produced & that fair labor practices are followed -- or else remove the ingredient entirely from all Girl Scouts products. We know Girl Scouts is working on this complicated issue, but we want to see better results sooner. We want to sell cookies and make money for our troop -- but not if it means hurting people or the planet.  Please help us make this change happen! Please sign our petition and help us spread the word by sharing it with everyone you know! Thank you for your help!

Jessica Wilkie
115 supporters