native american rights

123 petitions

Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to

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.       

77 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

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)


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
36,611 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

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.

Xavier O’Mack
268 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

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.

Friends of the Mahicantuck
464 supporters