native american rights

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Petition to The NY State legislature, Andrew M. Cuomo

Return the Cuomo Bridge its original name: The Tappan Zee. That bridge is our history.

UPDATE: 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: 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 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 fundraiser here, or you can read more and also consider supporting us at and 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** 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

Monroe Mann
112,085 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Governor Andrew Cuomo

Recognize Native American Sovereignty of Niagara Falls

This petition calls on Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Parks Department to allow for the indigenous governance of Niagara Falls State Park by empowering the Haudenosaune Confederacy Council, who have served as the indigenous stewards of this natural monument for millennia, with its caretaking. For thousands of years, Niagara Falls has been among the most sacred religious sites for the indigenous people of North America -- a destination of pilgrimage like the Holy See is to the Catholicism, Mecca is to Islam, and the Temple Mount is to Judaism.  The site is most sacred to the Haudensaune, a population of more than 150,000 people who reside on both sides of the American and Canadian border, better known as the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, both on and off of more than a dozen sovereign territories in New York, Ontario, Quebec, and Wisconsin. The Haudenosaune Confederacy is the oldest still-existent constitutional democracy in the world – once the mightiest empire in North America – founded in 1142 with the codification of the Great Law of Peace at Onondaga Lake, the federation’s historic capital.  Benjamin Franklin drafted the Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution largely on the political principles of the Great Law: the separation of powers; multi-cameral legislative bodies designed to achieve consensus; the leadership of Speaker chosen among many representatives from political subunits of the electorate; the concept of impeachment from office; among many other foundational principles of the modern constitutional process.  Even the concept of federalism, with sovereign states functioning independently, and able to come together in Grand Council, is attributable to the Great Law. Today the Confederacy Council still meets to conduct business on the first Saturday of each month – now in its 876th year of congress. This body is a far more fit and proper steward of Niagara Falls than the State of New York – which has adulterated the natural beauty of the place over the last several decades, with the construction of swooping roadways along the upper river’s edge, vast asphalt parking lots atop Goat Island, and carnival-like attractions that desecrate the sacredness of the space. Many Haudenosaune still believe that Niagara Falls is the main artery of North America, and Goat Island -- aching to be acknowledged as Turtle Island -- at its heart, putting it at the center of the religion’s creation story – the biblical equivalent of the Garden of Eden.  Allowing these Six Nations to steward Niagara Falls and protect it into the future would be an act of social and economic justice that protects a vulnerable culture on the brink, allowing a long-hidden history to be shared in the hosting of guests to this most sacred place. It would also represent an economic justice of two sorts.  The Maid of the Mist is a popular and lucrative boat tour inside the park is a misappropriation of Haudenosaune culture – the name referencing specific mythology and lore associated with the cataract. On a very practical level, this would allow several Haudenosaunne communities access to employment and business opportunities – from conducting tours, to operating ferry boats, to conducting ceremonies and educating visitors about a history that is seldom told in schools. Governor Andrew Cuomo can transfer control of the State Park this session.  

Akwe:kon Ong:we
94 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, National Committee of Indian Affiars Congress, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Diane Joyce Humetewa, Creek Nation, Oglala Sioux Tribe

Justice For Robert W. Mitchell

Robert Mitchell was a 15-year-old Indigenous, Creek/Seminole Nation, boy who was convicted of 1st-degree murder and robbery. There has never been found a murder weapon, nor any DNA or witnesses linking him to it. Robert has held on to his innocence for 25 years. The District Attorney office tried to give Robert Mitchell the death penalty. Knowing the Supreme Court's ruling in Thompson v Oklahoma 1988. The courts deemed it cruel and unusual punishment and unconstitutional. Even knowing this they make comments to the media saying they may be pursuing it but they would have to find a way around it because he was 15 at the time. Later Robert was sentenced to life without parole. Law enforcement never searched for the car, they never investigated claims of when someone else had admitted to the murder. Robert Mitchell 15 year old, was doing what he was asked by going and checking the elderly lady across the road. His grandma and he both heard dogs barking lights on and a car leaving. Concerned the elderly lady was sick he went to go check on her. Peeked in the window. Seen her laying there ran home and called the family and etc. He later learned she has been stabbed to death 3 times. Once being stabbed in the heart. Robert was not covered in blood. The DA office said a sock that had speck of blood on it was the victim but no DNA linking him. They claimed there were shoe prints but OSBI, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, could not conclusively say if it was blood or not in the victim's home. They couldn't even say if it was Roberts shoe. Law enforcement even went on restricted Indian Land after Robert had been arrested without a search warrant and not notifying tribal police, BIA or FBI to search his grandma house where Robert lived. Robert Mitchell was an Indigenous little boy who was convicted wrongfully and we feel he never received a fair trial.Robert was given such a harsh sentence for a juvenile, Life without parole. Robert Mitchell has been granted a post conviction relief trial hearing. We are trying to get signatures in support of Robert. To show we believe he should be released. That he has the community supporting him.

Pearl Seaboy
452 supporters