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native american rights

54 petitions

Started 1 month ago

Petition to Michael B. Surbaugh, National Executive Board of BSA, Charles Dahlquist, Randall Stephenson

Boys Scouts of America: Stop the theft of Native America Culture

The Arrow of Light ceremony is an extremely problematic ceremony that steals cultural and religious regalia and sacred ceremony from a marginalized group (Native Americans), that have been decimated by colonialism. This is not the only problematic ceremony or practice in BSA, however this (along with the Order of the Arrow) are most notably theft. Additionally, the leadership within BSA need to be trained on culturally appropriate terminology and come to an understanding of the use of racial slurs such as IN---N.  See below links regarding cultural appropriation and how it is harmful to marginalized groups. The Boy Scouts of America teaches specific principles such as honor, responsibility and reverence. Theft from a marginalized culture does not model these principles in the least.  This petition will be handed to BSA once it reaches 1,000 signatures or after 4 weeks, whichever comes first. http://lastrealindians.com/boys-scouts-order-of-the-arrow-guilty-of-cultural-appropriation-by-ozheebeegay-ikwe/ http://m.dailykos.com/story/2015/8/8/1409988/-The-Boy-Scouts-of-America-Has-a-Long-Way-to-Go https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/native-news/houska-boy-scout-koshare-dancers-need-to-stop-stealing-from-natives/ https://www.scoutsforequality.org/about/ https://www.thoughtco.com/cultural-appropriation-and-why-iits-wrong-2834561

Susan Wolfe
138 supporters
Update posted 1 month 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
560,736 supporters