native american culture

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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, Wuksachi (Eshom Valley Band)


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 2022, 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.   WEBSITE: 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
36,456 supporters
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Petition to James McCartney, Daniel Greiner, Sue Blundi, Dr. Frederic Weiss, John Lewis, Kurt Ferguson

Community Supported Agriculture is Essential. Preserve Patterson Farm!

Sign to support preservation of historic Patterson Farm in Bucks County, PA. Local farms & local food matter now more than ever! Demand proper stewardship of Patterson Farm. Patterson Farm was founded in 1683 by Quaker immigrant Thomas Janney, a member of William Penn's Provincial Council. It has been farmed continuously for over 300 years. In 1998 Lower Makefield Township obtained ownership of the 234-acre Patterson Farm by Eminent Domain taking from farmers Thomas & Alice Patterson. The Patterson's had owned and taken fastidious care of their magnificent farm for nearly 50 years. Today the National Register farm taxpayers paid to preserve is in sad disrepair, defunded and poorly managed by the governing body. It is listed on Preservation Pennsylvania's At-Risk list and is threatened by encroachment of non-agricultural uses within the local Agricultural Security Area. Sign to support preservation and responsible stewardship.  Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc. is a 501c3 volunteer group formed in 2015 to PRESERVE & RESTORE historic Patterson Farm for present and future generations. Proper stewardship means passing the farm on to future generations in better condition than we received it. YOU CAN HELP: Please, add your signature to implore Lower Makefield's elected officials protect the 38 acres that remain unprotected, and to embrace preservation by allowing Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc. to accomplish restoration of the farm's homes and buildings.  Agriculture, history and unspoiled natural areas matter. Thank you for supporting preservation. PLEASE SHARE!     

Patterson Farm Preservation, Inc. 501c3
5,824 supporters
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Petition to Washington State Committee on Geographic Names

Rename Harney Channel in the San Juan Islands

We are proposing that Harney Channel, a body of water in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, be renamed. It was originally named by the British around 1860 for General William S. Harney (1800-1889). A group of us who reside in the islands feel that General Harney does not deserve the honor because he was responsible for a number of heinous incidents to Native Americans and black people which do not reflect the values we hold today – or even at that time. Instead, we are proposing that this water be renamed for Henry Cayou (1869-1959), who lived in the San Juan Islands through his entire life of 90 years and was a major figure in both the Native American and white communities. He was truly a bridge between cultures. General Harney is particularly notorious for the following incidents, and we encourage you to consult Wikipedia or other online sources for more information: -  In Missouri in 1834, then-Major Harney killed a young black woman with a cane. The act, which of course would be considered murder today, was considered heinous even by 1830s standards. At that time, the Cincinnati newspaper called him “a monster!”. -  In Nebraska in 1855, Brigadier General Harney commanded about 600 soldiers in the Battle of Ash Hollow (aka Battle of Blue Water Creek and also as the Harney Massacre). Harney engineered the killing of 86 Sicangu Lakota warriors, taking their 70 women and children, many of them wounded, as prisoners. The chief of the Sicangu Lakota, Little Thunder, had tried to de-escalate the situation the night before, but Harney was adamant in his demands which led to the battle.  Harney engaged the chief in false peace talks while his soldiers crept around and took positions behind the Sicangu Lakota. Their belongings either torched or taken as souvenirs, the survivors were forced to walk 140 miles to the nearest Army fort, most of them without shoes. - As the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Army’s Department of Oregon, which included the San Juan Islands, he is widely considered to have needlessly escalated the potential for armed conflict during the so-called Pig War of 1859-60 by sending troops to the island. The Commanding General of the Army had to recall Harney from his command and bring us back from war. In contrast, Henry Cayou was born on Orcas Island in 1869 and passed away in 1959. He is interred on Orcas Island. His father was a trapper who was a very early settler on Orcas and his mother was Lummi; her people’s point of origin story is centered on San Juan Island. Henry Cayou’s first wife was Tlingit and many Native people in our area consider him their ancestor. His relations can be found throughout the Salish Sea, including at Lummi, Swinomish, and Samish. Cayou was a highly successful commercial fisherman (trapping and seining), was an early local maritime leader (owner of a steam tug and several fishing boats), farmed a 500-acre tract on Decatur Island, and was a co-founder of the local electric coooperative. Very notably, Henry Cayou was a member of the San Juan County Board of County Commissioners for 29 years and was chairman for a significant time on the commission. His signature is on Friday Harbor’s incorporation documents displayed in Friday Harbor Town Hall. We realize that the renaming of a body of water can have implications to navigation, but Harney Channel, which is just two miles long and averages a half-mile wide, has other landmarks such as two state ferry landings which are routinely used by mariners as points of reference. The authority of marine charting, the Coast Pilot published by the U.S. National Ocean Survey, considers Harney Channel to be a minor passage.  A precedent for renaming a topographic feature named after Harney occurred in 2016 when Harney Peak in South Dakota’s Black Hills was renamed to Black Elk Peak by the state and federal governments in response to a proposal by local tribes and citizens.  We will be applying to the Committee of Geographic Names of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and public support is essential for adoption of a name change.  Naming landmarks and bodies of water is important for our convenience in navigation, but has also traditionally served as an opportunity to honor people, especially residents, who have had a lasting influence culturally and economically on the land and the community. The names we choose help tell the story of a place.  Renaming this channel to honor Henry Cayou will satisfy this opportunity. Thank you for signing this petition. You will be supporting our efforts to rename Harney Channel to Cayou Channel – in recognition of an Indigenous islander and 20th century fishing, maritime and political leader. Our email address is 

Ken Carrasco
1,118 supporters