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native american rights

51 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jo-Ellen Darcy, Colonel John W. Henderson

Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

I’m 13 years-old and as an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, I’ve lived my whole life by the Missouri River. It runs by my home in Fort Yates North Dakota and my great grandparents original home was along the Missouri River in Cannon Ball. The river is a crucial part of our lives here on the Standing Rock Reservation. But now a private oil company wants to build a pipeline that would cross the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation and if we don’t stop it, it will poison our river and threaten the health of my community when it leaks. My friends and I have played in the river since we were little; my great grandparents raised chickens and horses along it. When the pipeline leaks, it will wipe out plants and animals, ruin our drinking water, and poison the center of community life for the Standing Rock Sioux. In Dakota/Lakota we say “mni Wiconi.” Water is life. Native American people know that water is the first medicine not just for us, but for all human beings living on this earth. The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline would transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day, across four states. Oil companies keep telling us that this is perfectly safe, but we’ve learned that that’s a lie: from 2012-2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota. With such a high chance that this pipeline will leak, I can only guess that the oil industry keeps pushing for it because they don’t care about our health and safety. It’s like they think our lives are more expendable than others’. So we, the Standing Rock Youth, are taking a stand to be the voice for our community, for our great grandparents, and for Mother Earth. Join us, and sign to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sincerely, Anna and the Standing Rock Youth Learn more about our campaign at rezpectourwater.com.

Anna Lee, Bobbi Jean & the Oceti Sakowin Youth
556,220 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to New York State House, Colorado State Senate, Colorado Governor, New York State Senate

STOP THE DESTRUCTION OF IN PROPER CONDUCT OF DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICE, EL-PASO COUNTY

HI MY NAME IS SHAWNA COLEMAN, I CURRENTLY RESIDE IN ELPASO COUNTY, COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO I AM DOING THIS PETITION ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND OTHER FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN VICTIMS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES, RECENTLY OUR SON AND MY DAUGHTER WAS RIPPED RIGHT OUTTA OUR HOME FOR A ALLEGATION OF HEARSAY, I BELIEVE AND KNOW FOR A FACT THERE ARE MILLIONS OF OTHER FAMILIES LOCATED IN THE ELPASO COUNTY REGION THAT HAVE BEEN VICTIMS OF SUCH A HORRIFIC ACT PERFORMED BY DIVISION OF CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES, IT HAS RECENTLY BEEN BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION THAT NOONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO STAND UP AGAINST THIS DEPARTMENT DUE TO THE FACT OF FEAR BEING PUT INTO THEM BY THE CASE WORKERS AND CO WORKERS OF THIS DEPARTMENT I ALSO HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF HORRIFIC AND UNEXPLAINABLE ACCIDENTS AND INCIDENTS HAPPENING TO THESE CHILDREN WHILE IN THE CARE OF THE STATE, I ALSO HAVE KNOWLEDGE TO THE DEPARTMENT NOT USING ANY FACT BASED INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE VICTIMS/FAMILIES OF THE DEPARTEMET OF CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES, I ASK THAT YOU HELP GET MY VOICE HEARD SO THAT MANY OTHERS WILL HAVE THE COURAGE TO STAND UP TO THE DEPARTMENT AGAINST THE RIGHTS OF THE INNOCENCE AND THE INNOCENCE OF THE CHILDREN, WE MUST PROTECT WHAT'S OURS!! PLEASE SIGN MY PETITION IN HOPES OF GETTING THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILD PROTECTIVE SEVICES/ DIVISION OF HUMAN SERVICES, EL PASO COUNTY, COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO SHUT DOWN!! WE THE PEOPLE STAND TOGETHER AS ONE AND TAKE BACK WHAT'S OURS AND FIGHT FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE WRONGS, IN HOPES OF PROTECTING OUR INNOCENT CHILDREN AND OTHER INNOCENT FAMILIES OF MASS DESTRUCTION!! THANK YOU!!

Shawna Coleman
19 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Bradley County District Attorney, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Stephen D. Crump

Bradley County District Attorney: charge James Russell’s attackers with a hate crime

Recently, my 60-year old father was brutally attacked by a group of people near his home in Bradley County, Tennessee. The group followed him to his house, claiming that he ran one of their relatives off the road with his vehicle. He was confused by their accusation. It was a case of mistaken identity, but his attackers battered him anyway. Their beating broke his ribs, collapsed a lung, tore chest muscles, and left him with multiple cuts, abrasions, and bruises. My dad is a military veteran, community advocate, a dancer, and a musician. He’s also Native American. During the attack, one of the men grabbed my father by his hair, pulled his head back and said “I’ve always wanted to scalp an Indian”. My dad believed they were going to kill him. After an initial investigation, the Bradley County Sheriff considered the attack to be an aggravated assault, instead of a hate crime. This is important because hate crime charges carry much stiffer federal penalties than state-level assault charges. The sheriff’s deputies even released the other two involved in the attack shortly after they were arrested. Thanks to the media coverage we’ve received so far, all three attackers have officially been charged with aggravated assault. But this simply isn’t enough. My father has been released from the hospital, but he’s in hiding and fearful for his life after the “scalping” threat. He deserves justice. And no American should be attacked or feel afraid because of their identity or culture. Please sign this petition and tell our local sheriff and district attorney to upgrade the charges for my father’s attacker from aggravated assault to the hate crime it truly was.

Amanda Stinnett
8,143 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to John Hoeven, Tom Udall, John Barrasso, John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, James Lankford, Steve Daines, Michael Crapo, Jerry Moran, Jon Tester, Maria Cantwell, Al Franken, Brian Schatz, Heidi Heitkamp, Catherine Cortez Masto, US Indian Affairs Committee on Indian Affairs

WE REQUEST FIELD HEARINGS on Violations of the Indian Civil Rights Act

Dear Chairman John Hoeven, A report by the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) referenced the fact that internal tribal disputes “seem to be occurring more and more frequently.” Such disputes have resulted in the disenrollment, which is the stripping of citizenship in one's own tribe, banishment, denial of membership, loss of voting rights, and/or denial of health/medical benefits of thousands of Indians, including children and elders. In response to the growing number of these types of disputes, the GAO felt it was necessary and appropriate that nominees to the Secretary of Interior be asked how they would address such issues. Since most of the civil and human rights abuses have occurred under Democratic leadership, I believe it is also important to know how your committee will work with individual Indians in trying to resolve or prevent such disputes. The TRUST RESPONSIBILITY of the United States Government is NOT just to the Chairmen and Tribal councils, it's to all Native Americans, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs has failed to uphold the trust responsibility to the individual Indian. Your role as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs should be to help facilitate (1) internal tribal disputes that harm Native Americans and (2) the protection and preservation of individual Indians’ basic rights in internal disputes. The BIA has abdicated responsibility and are leaving it to the IBIA to overturn their decisions. In fact, the BIA may be culpable in some of the misdeeds, as we've seen in the San Pasqual descendants issue, where Indian Affairs has allowed NON natives to control tribal interests. In addition, do you believe that tribal sovereignty and the protection of basic individual rights are mutually exclusive of each other? Should sovereignty be wielded like a club to beat the weak and defenseless? I eagerly await your response to the questions raised above, and look forward to you setting hearings for California, where the majority of disenrollments have occurred and finding true justice for all Native Americans who have been harmed by their tribes. Respectfully submitted,

Stop Tribal Genocide
184 supporters