native american rights
Petition to JOE BIDEN, Joseph R. Biden
Free Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier
77 year old Leonard Peltier is a Native American man who is currently serving 2 life terms in prison for defending his land and his people. Leonard was arrested based off of an accusation of murdering 2 FBI agents during a stand off at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975 after the Wounded Knee Occupation in 1973 and has been in prison for 45 years.Leonard Peltier was an American Indian Movement leader and was asked by traditional people at Pine Ridge, South Dakota, to support and protect the traditional people being targeted for violence. Mr. Peltier and a small group of young AIM members set up camp on a ranch owned by the traditional Jumping Bull family. On June 26, 1975 two FBI agents in unmarked cars followed a pick-up truck onto the Jumping Bull ranch. The families immediately became alarmed and feared an attack. Shots were heard and a shoot-out erupted. More than 150 agents and law enforcement surrounded the ranch. When the shoot-out ended the two FBI agents and one Native American lay dead. The agents were injured in the shoot-out and were then shot at close range. The Native American, Joseph Stuntz, was shot in the head by a sniper’s bullet. Mr. Stuntz’s death has never been investigated, nor has anyone ever been charged in connection with his death.Leonard Peltier was arrested in Canada on February 6, 1976, along with Frank Blackhorse, a.k.a. Frank Deluca. The United States presented the Canadian court with affidavits signed by Myrtle Poor Bear who said she was Mr. Peltier’s girlfriend and allegedly saw him shoot the agents. In fact, Ms. Poor Bear had never met Mr. Peltier and was not present during the shoot-out. Soon after, Ms. Poor Bear recanted her statements and said the FBI threatened her and coerced her into signing the affidavits.Since there is no proof that Leonard Peltier has ever been connected to the deaths of the FBI agents and he is being held solely on an accusation, I believe he has suffered enough and should be released.
Petition to The NY State legislature, Andrew M. Cuomo, Assemblyman Mike Lawler, Senator Mike Martucci, Assemblyman Colin Schmitt
Return the Cuomo Bridge its original name: The Tappan Zee. That bridge is our history.
UPDATE (SUMMER 2021): SOME GREAT NEWS! You have all probably heard by now that there are brand new bills now in both the Assembly and the Senate to reverse the re-naming of the current Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and to bring back the TAPPAN ZEE name. Although legislative action won't be taken until after January, right now is the crucial time we need to gather support and build momentum. WHAT TO DO?1. CALL YOUR REPS: Call them in both the NY assembly and also the senate and ask them to support restoring the Tappan Zee name.******2. CALL THE RULES COMMITTEE: This is really important. Call members of the rules committees in both the senate and the assembly and ask them to support and co-sponsor the bill that restores the Tappan Zee name. In order to advance out of committee, a bill must have as many co-sponsors from that committee as possible, and right now, we don't have the co-sponsors we need.Click here to make it easy for you: Senate: www.nysenate.gov/senators-committees (choose Rules Committee from dropdown) Assembly: https://nyassembly.gov/comm/?id=33 (should bring you to the Rules Comm page)******3. CALL OTHER REPS: Don't stop at just calling your reps. Call any whose district is in or near lower New York or the Hudson Valley. Ask for their support. 4. HELP SPREAD THE WORD: Please share this Change.org petition. In 2017, our petition had 110,000 signers. We are now up to 176,000+ and the numbers continue to climb! We expect to surpass 200,000 in the next few days based on some intelligence we have received. Don't forget to ask friends and family to call their representatives too. IF YOU ARE UNSURE WHAT TO SAY, here are some points you can make:• Ask them to support the bill that will restore the Tappan Zee name to the bridge. Also, ask them to consider co-sponsoring the bill• Remind them that this is not partisan. The trend of politicians - republicans or democrats - naming public structures after themselves or their family members must not be normalized, and indeed must stop. The Tappan Zee name is historical and we want it back. • Changing the name behind closed doors without public input is just one more example of bad behavior by Gov. Cuomo that needs to be reversed.Momentum is with us but if we wait, the effort will stall. So please, make the phone calls, spread the word, share the petition, and ask others to make calls too. Thanks, All!-Monroe Mann and the SOTZ TeamUPDATE (WINTER 2021): Although the bills we were championing did not pass, since 2018 when we delivered our petition to the governor's office, the number of signatures has jumped from about 120,000 to now nearly 150,000! That's a whopping 30,000 more people who agree that we need the Tappan Zee name returned to our bridge. This is not a dead issue, and we will continue to work hard to gather more signatures, because once we hit 200,000, that's newsworthy. 300K is a force. 400K is a mandate. And 500K would be impossible to ignore. So, be patient we must! All in good time! All we want now are more signatures. So... moving forward, instead of making donations to our organization, Save Our Tappan Zee, we ask that you please apply your money directly here on change.org to further promote this petition. Every $5 helps promote the petition to a bunch more people. Thank you! -Monroe & the SOTZ Team UPDATE (2018): Our efforts have resulted in two bills in our state legislature: one in the senate; one in the assembly--with identical language. To change the bridge name to "The Mario M. Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge". Yes, this is a compromise. Yes, this has upset some people that don't want Mario's name anywhere in the bridge. Alas, this petition I started (and that you signed) never was about 'removing Mario Cuomo's name'--it was about preserving the Tappan Zee name on the bridge. Would it have been great if the bridge ONLY had Tappan Zee, and didn't honor a politician? Of course. But to accomplish things in this world, sometimes you MUST compromise, or nothing will get done. These bills are a fair compromise that honor the Tappan and the Dutch, preserve NY history, avoid the spending of countless wasteful dollars to replace all the signs in NY state, and yes, allow Governor Andrew Cuomo to honor his father at the same time. Is it the ideal? No. However, it most assuredly is the only way we will ever see Tappan Zee on our bridge. So please support these bills. They are our only shot at victory.UPDATE (2017): A fundraiser was started on December 1, 2017 to support this cause that has already raised over $8,800 from over 300 individuals making small donations to fund a full-blown advertising campaign. We have also recently started a Fundraiser here on Change.org as well. We are now officially Save Our Tappan Zee, Inc., a NY not-for-profit corporation. You can choose to support us via the Change.org fundraiser here, or you can read more and also consider supporting us at www.SaveOurTappanZee.org and [WE HAVE SHUT DOWN THIS FUNDRAISER--PLEASE PROMOTE THE PETITION DIRECTLY HERE ON CHANGE.ORG] ORIGINAL PETITION STORY: In the summer of 2017, the N.Y. State Legislature voted to rename the famous and now rebuilt Tappan Zee Bridge (named for the Tappan Indians and the Dutch) after former NY governor Mario Cuomo. While Mr. Cuomo may be deserving of something named after him, it should not be at the expense of history, and the original settlers of our land: the Tappan Indians and the Dutch. And certainly not at taxpayer expense. The name Tappan Zee has no politics associated with it. And it properly recognizes the true founders of this land: the Tappan Indians and the Dutch. Plus, it sounds cool to say, “I’m taking the Tappan Zee.” It does not sound cool to say, “I’m taking the Cuomo.” Come on people! Most importantly, we should not recognize the contributions of one in history by destroying a memorial to another. Out of curiosity, why didn't the tax payers have a direct vote since we are the ones who ultimately paid for it, and will through toll taxes? Didn’t a large part of the funding come from a FEDERAL grant? That is OUR bridge. America’s bridge. New York’s bridge. Last I checked, Mario Cuomo and his family did not personally contribute hundreds of millions to its construction... It is time for Albany to do the right thing: bring back the former name of the Tappan Zee Bridge. We want our bridge’s name back. In less than one week, I have amassed more than 27,000 names to my petition to return the Indian & Dutch name to the Tappan Zee Bridge. We are furious that the state legislature voted to rename OUR bridge the Cuomo Bridge in the dead of night without any input from the public. In 2008, the famous and historic Triborough Bridge was renamed the RFK. Now the famous and historic Tappan Zee is the Cuomo. What’s next? The GW? The Golden Gate? The Grand Canyon? Politicians should not be able to do this unilaterally. Why aren’t these national landmarks? I know the Journal News has a section devoted specifically to news of the bridge once known as the Tappan Zee Bridge. Isn’t it ironic, that even THEY still call it the Tappan Zee? But not for long. Sure, our older generations may continue calling it the Tappan Zee, but Generation Z? Soon all signs will be changed. In 30 years, the Indian and Dutch heritage that inspired the naming of the bridge will be gone. And for what? For someone who had NOTHING to do with EITHER bridge and provided ZERO personal funding for the bridge. Governor Cuomo states that because it's a new bridge, it deserves a new name. But that conflicts again with history. England's London Bridge was destroyed four times and each time, it was rebuilt anew, but the name never changed. Why? History. Place. Tradition. Florida's Cape Canaveral was renamed Cape Kennedy only to see its original name returned a few years later. Why? History. Place. Tradition. The same should and can happen here. I hope you will join our collective outrage. We want our bridge back. Immediately. Sincerely, -Dr. Monroe Mann, PhD, Esq, MBA P.S. - the original bridge was called the Governor Malcolm Wilson–Tappan Zee Bridge, known commonly as the Tappan Zee. So why can’t the new one be called the Governors Cuomo/Wilson—Tappan Zee Bridge? In this way, we recognize Cuomo while not destroying the bridge’s true namesake. Why shouldn’t this happen? The answer: there is NO reason. It should happen immediately, at very minimum. At best, it should just be the Tappan Zee Bridge. MEDIA COVERAGE TO DATE INCLUDES:(Links coming soon. In meantime, just search Google or Bing)* Front page of the NY Post* Editorial endorsing the petition in the NY Post* The Journal News (multiple articles, including an amazing one sharing the breathtaking contributions of the Tappan Indians on our nation)* CBS 2 TV* Spectrum TV NY* Fios TV NY* The NY Daily News* Hamodia* Pix 11 News* NYStateofPolitics.com* Tarrytown Patch* The Los Angeles Times* The New York Times* The Yeshiva World* NY1* WestFair Online* NewsDay* News 12 Westchester UPDATE: A fundraiser was started on December 1, 2017 to support this cause that has already raised over $4,500 from nearly 200 individuals making small donations. You can read more and also consider supporting us at [WE HAVE SHUT DOWN THIS FUNDRAISER--PLEASE PROMOTE THE PETITION DIRECTLY HERE ON CHANGE.ORG]
Petition to Sites JPA, Gavin Newsom
Stop Sites: Don't Drain NorCal Rivers for A Private Reservoir
Help us oppose the proposed 13,200 acres reservoir in the foothills west of the Sacramento River. The new Sites Reservoir in Northern California would be the size of Manhattan, could store up to 1.5-million acre-feet of water, and make it almost half the size of Shasta Reservoir. The reservoir would be owned by the private entity the Sites Project Authority, which is made up mainly of State Water Project (SWP) water contractors and irrigation districts. The authority is already offering new water rights in watersheds where five times more water is allocated than exists to powerful water districts, like the Metropolitan Water District. A previously filed water rights application for the Sites project asked for 3-million acre-feet of water a year. MWD has stated it is reluctant to invest in Sites if it cannot be assured it will be able to pull its water out of the reservoir when it wants to. This has led many to believe the reservoirs would be used to fill Governor Brown’s twin tunnels. The proposal includes inundating four creeks and adds new diversion pumps on the Sacramento River in Red Bluff. It does not include protections for the Trinity River or Upper Sacramento River salmon or for the Tribes and fishermen that depend on them despite the fact it will lower flows and impact water quality some years. Water rights held by Tribes and counties and flows to avert fish kills in the Klamath River are currently not protected in the Sites proposal. In theory, these pumps are meant to divert and store “surplus” water in winter and summer months, but they would also increase diversions and that would later return as sun-warmed water increasing the river’s temperature. In truth, there is no “extra” water in this part of California, where up to 75% of the salmon habitat has been blocked by dams. Fisheries science has now proven that high flows during winter and spring are needed if salmon are to survive in California. High flows have many benefits. Flushing flows in high water years inundate floodplains, help out migrating salmon, scour out sediments and algae, move spawning gravel, and reduce fish diseases, all of which greatly increase salmon numbers. In fact, new flow science coupled with extremely low salmon returns has led the state water board to create plans to restore winter and spring flows in the Sacramento River. In the Klamath watershed, the Trinity Management Council, which the Hoopa Valley and Yurok Tribes are members of, is recommending higher winter flows in the Trinity River and a recent lawsuit has forced higher spring flows in the Klamath River to combat the C. shasta fish disease, which killed the majority of juvenile salmon in recent years. Steps have also been taken to use Trinity River reservoir water for fall cold water releases to prevent large scale adult fish kills in the Klamath River during droughts. Restoring flows are needed to bring back salmon. The Sites Proposal threatens all of these actions, and it could not come at a worse time. A recent report from U.C. Davis shows that over 45% of California salmon are facing extinction. Furthermore, the Klamath River is facing the worst salmon returns in history and wild Spring Chinook returns in the Klamath, Trinity and Sacramento Rivers last year numbered in the hundreds.
Petition to Tom Wolf, Jeannie Hovland, Kamala harris, Patrick leahy, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, Joseph Biden
Demand thorough searches of residential school lands for Native children remains
The first ever residential school in American was established in Pennsylvania in 1789-1918 and in Canada, from 1831-1996. These schools were established by European missionaries with the sole purpose to assimilate Native American children. Children from ages as young as 3 years old-18years old attended these schools. These establishments and the people who ran them, abused the children who attended these schools. Often times, the children were stolen from their tribes and forced to attend. The sole purpose of these schools were to abuse and brainwash kids out of their culture and previous way of life. Not only were these children abused and brainwashed, many were murdered, died of starvation, committed suicide, etc. and when these children were murdered/died, the missionaries buried the bodies on the land. But heres the thing, the bodies were hidden in the land. The children didn't receive graves, their parents were not informed, and more often than not, the bodies were just thrown together as if they were trash and not human beings…. In recent events, 500 bodies (and rising everyday) of native Canadian children remains were found within the lands, of once fully operating residential schools. tens of thousands of children went to these schools. Its more than likely that there are more bodies to be discovered. And since it is a known fact that America had at least 2x the amount of residential schools than Canada, and are also known for the genocide of first nations people, we demand that ALL previous residential school lands (standing and not standing) are searched. These were children. Some as young as 3 years old. They deserved to be treated with respect, but hey were treated as less than human, and when their lives were cut short, they were discarded like trash. And the people who were in charge of these school knew exactly what they were doing when they tried to cover up the deaths. Hopefully in the Long run, we will see justice be brought to the organizations responsible. And that these poor children will receive justice and respect, they deserve.
Bootjack name change in Miwok land (Marin County)
Historically the Coast Miwok lived on the land known as Marin County for thousands and thousands of years. They lived on the land peacefully with villages everywhere by the thousands. It's a magical place. It's a place to sit, ponder, and remember the days of Coast Miwok past. There is so much beauty in the year-round running creek. The campground is full of trails that likely started with the Coast Miwok at one time. The place has an ambiance of beauty that they, Coast Miwok, enjoyed for so long. I have lived in Marin all of my life and my husband and children are all Native American which brings me close to it all. I have recently found out that the name bothers the local Coast Miwok. Admittedly, this is not a “pleasant” name and a very inappropriate name for educating children and adults on the History of Marin County. We need to have a positive name that will be thought-provoking for adults and children alike and inspire to Google the history of the Local Natives of Marin County. "Bootjack" really sounds like an angry, violent pioneer! Many State Parks' names are being changed to get away from intimidating the Local Natives and we are insisting that the State Park change the name immediately! It's time that Marin County do the "right" thing and honor and acknowledge the first peoples of Marin! If this is a "historic campground," it needs to have the proper historical name. We would like you to consider Miwok Rock Campground but we will consider any indigenous name in the Coast Miwok language and be happy with that name rather than the disturbing name of Bootjack Campground. Please join us in our efforts to change the State Park name. Please contact us if you have any questions or comments.
Petition to County Supervisor Nathan Magsig, Paul Nerland, Assemblyman Jim Patterson, Congressman Tom McClintock, Dunlap Band of Mono Indians, Traditional Choinumni Tribe, Wukchumni Tribal Council, Wuksachi (Eshom Valley Band)
RENAME SQUAW VALLEY FRESNO COUNTY
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: https://www.renamesquawvalley.com LINK TO PROPOSED RESOLUTION https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jPYoIjnmCZVcWkMt8m9HC6EY6vJcyp6NgSNJKo3tHLk/edit?usp=drivesdk Contact: (559) 581-2893 / firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Political-Organization/Rename-Squaw-Valley-Fresno-County-110785474082424/ LOCATION: "Squaw Valley" is a census-designated place located in Fresno County, California, United States of America (zip codes 93646 & 93675)
Petition to Pima County Board of Supervisors, Phoenix City Council (Arizona), Guadalupe Town Council (Arizona), Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors (Arizona), Bisbee City Council (Arizona), Douglas City Council (Arizona), Hayden Town Council (Arizona), San Luis City Council (Arizona), Steve Gallardo, Coconino County Board of Supervisors, Jerome Town Council (Arizona), Tohono O'odham Nation Legislative Council, Pascua Yaqui Tribal Council
Help restore Southern Arizona's natural aquifers.
Ever since the US' acquisition of Arizona, colonialism has decimated the region's natural aquifers. Direct causes include harvesting of groundwater, non-communal irrigation, and the creation of artificial lakes. In addition to decreasing the region's natural beauty and negatively impacting wildlife, the disappearance of our rivers have been devastating to the general welfare of the region's indigenous peoples, especially the Akimel O'otham and Tohono O'odham, the former in particular; without the water needed for for their religious ceremonies and traditional way of farming, their communities have been plagued with misery and a reliance on non-traditional food. Making the practice of O'odham religion next to impossible only adds insult to injury for people who have lost so much and have so little. Plus, relying primarily on non-traditional food as caused a diabetes mellitus (T2D) pandemic for the tribes. In fact, the Gila River Indian Community has one of the highest rates of T2D in the world, around half of the population. While you may think that we're calling for something radical here, all that I'm asking is that the recipients of this petition require that each functioning air conditioner within their jurisdictions to be set up to drain into the nearest drainage easement or colonially depleted aquifer, abolish all county-owned and municipal-owned man-made lakes (except for those producing electricity, we can address that later) within their jurisdictions, prevent new man-made lakes from being formed, and require that all treated effluent be drained into said drainage easements and colonially depleted aquifers. While small, these actions will have a massive impact over the decades. Eventually, the O'odham will be able to hold more of their traditional ceremonies and eat more healthily, which will have a significant impact on their morale; it will give them hope for the future, reduce diabetes mellitus in their communities, and reduce drug addiction and alcoholism, which practicing a religion can help combat, according to studies (I mean, they could practice other religions but being able to slightly return to pre-Columbian traditions is inherently beneficial to indigenous Americans). In addition, everyone in Southern Arizona will be able to see wildlife flourish again, perhaps even seeing animals that haven't been seen in the region for decades. Please sign if you'd like to both beautify your community and do a big favor for some of the neediest people in the world.
Petition to Troy NY City Council, Mayor of the City of Troy
We Support a Pos Dec in SEQR for the "2nd Avenue Project" at Troy's Native Forest.
NOTE: If you live, own or work in the City of Troy, please sign our petition. We will be submitting signatures collected up until 7/10/2021 with our official Pos Dec request. We encourage residents to keep signing! Additional signatures will be delivered during public comment at the next City Council meeting on this project (date tbd). Dear members of the City of Troy City Council, We are writing in regard to the proposed 2nd Avenue Apartments Project (the “Project”) at Troy's Native Forest (1011 2nd Avenue) in Lansingburgh by the applicant Kevin Vandenburgh and a Positive Declaration of Significance (“Pos Dec”) under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”). The Positive Declaration states that as Lead Agency for the SEQRA review you will be conducting public scoping, which will include a public comment period. Upon reviewing the Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) as a record before the City Council as Lead Agency, we have identified a number of significant potential impacts. Therefore, as required by 617.7(a), the Board issue a Positive Declaration and the preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for this project. We also request a public comment period of 90 days on the Draft Scope for the Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”) and to hold a public scoping meeting to allow for greater public participation. By doing so, this will ensure that no potentially significant adverse impacts are left out of the DEIS and all environmental concerns are adequately addressed as required by SEQRA. The Scoping process is particularly important for a project as complex and multi-faceted as this one. For instance, the Project has the potential to impact aspects significant to the National Register eligible archaeological site on the project location, including the topography, individually archaeo-sensitive sites, as well as the adjacent National Register site. The project additionally will significantly impact and adversely alter the neighborhood character of this quiet single-family residential neighborhood, including view scape, noise impacts, health and stress-related impacts of increased traffic, risks to the resident's welfare through increased risks for accidents on the road leading through the neighborhood to the property. The visual context and community character of this district will no doubt be impacted. Affordable housing issues also need to be thoroughly studied in the context of the number of units that are proposed to be been created, as do property and rental impacts on the neighborhood as associated with the density change, neighborhood character change and loss of green-space, which are all known to adversely impact rental prices and property values. Additionally, analysis must include the market demand for high-end apartment units as proposed in the project in the context of all available county, region, state and HUD data and the affordability of the rentals in the context of the Area Median Incomes earned in the area of significance. Finally, with the proposed construction of a marina/boat dock with 40 boat slips, impacts on the Hudson River, on its aquatic ecology as well as on the integrity of the Superfund Site and the potential disturbance the contaminants-containing sediments must be analyzed. For these reasons and more, a Positive Declaration in SEQRA and a public comment period of 90 days on the Draft Scope for the Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”) is important for this Project. We also request that you hold a public Scoping meeting to allow for greater public participation, helping to ensure that there are not any potentially significant adverse impacts left out of the DEIS and all environmental concerns are adequately addressed as required by SEQRA. Thank you for your consideration of our request, and a response would be appreciated. We look forward to participating in the SEQRA review of this Project.