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Petition to City of San Antonio, Texas General Land Office, Alamo Trust Inc.

Demand a 3rd Party Conduct a Comprehensive In-Depth Archival Study of The Alamo

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) as a Historic Cemetery on May 10, 2019, concessions from THC in at least two letters to the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation expressing that it has “no doubt there were hundreds of individuals buried in and around Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) during the Spanish-colobial era” and numerous evidence presented by the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation to the THC outlining the historical significance of the dead buried on the sacred ground. We are demanding that a 3rd party be appointed, independent of the City of San Antonio, Texas General Land Office and Alamo Trust Inc., to conduct; A Comprehensive in-depth archival report A Comprehensive archaeological Historic cemetery delineation report We demand that Lineal Descendants of the people buried at the Alamo be consulted with and new Human Remains protocols be developed with their input.  We demand that the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation be included on the Alamo Mission Archaeology Advisory Committee. We ask that ALL City of San Antonio residents call your city and state representatives and demand that San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) cemetery be provided with all the protections that other Historical cemetery are provided across Texas.  Since 1994 the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation has fought for the return of ancestral remains around San Antonio and we will not give up our fight to ensure all repatriations are honored and we are able to rebury our ancestral remains if human remains are discovered at the Mission San Antonio de Valero. We hope that the City of San Antonio as land owners move forward to ensure our history is never forgotten. Visit our Go Fund Me page if you will like to offer additional support:

Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation
210 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to B. Carman

Truth In Education

  Have you heard people say, "America is a country of immigrants", yet you know your ancestors were forcibly brought here? Does it make sense that we detest the memory of southern slave owners, yet hold slave-owning forefathers in highest regard? Did you know that our federal government unethically broke over 150 treaties they'd negotiated and signed with the native tribes? When it comes to truth and transparency in historical education, are your children being taught a bias version of the European colonist? Stop allowing our public schools to lie about American history. Click Here for  TRUTH Click Here for KNOWLEDGE   It should seem evident to anyone who has children enrolled in U.S. public schools, that there is a lack of truthfulness in the manner in which European Settlers are depicted regarding the history and founding of our country.  We are educating everyone's children, not just those who are descended from Europeans.    The history of this country is a complex and, for many, a painfully unethical and unjust one.  There are journals, diaries, bills of sale, treaties, logs, letters, newspapers, flyers, etc. written by those Europeans who witnessed or took part in acts of domestic terrorism upon Natives, Mexicans, and subsequently, Africans.        There were over 150 treaties, negotiated and signed by the federal government and the native people of the time, which were unlawfully broken usually due to the European settlers greed for more land or resources such as gold.  There are numerous accounts of slaughter and even genocide perpetrated by the Europeans as a result of their self-imposed superior status over the native people. The fact that 14 of the forefathers which our schools are teaching children (of all races) to honor and revere, owned slaves. (including Thomas Jefferson, so remembered for writing..."We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal).    I could go on listing examples of deliberate omittance or sanitizations of the truth in our children's education, but I will rest my case on this statement...Never having been faced with the facts about their ancestor's failings or flawed behaviors, we now have generations of European descendants who feel a sense of American ownership.  They see very minimal evidence that people of color made any sacrifices or made any significant contributions to the building of this nation.  I have written a complaint to the NCAC (National Coalition Against Censorship) and am awaiting information on how best to proceed with rectifying this, long ignored racial bias regarding true historical education.    Click HERE for a copy of my complaint.

B Carman
253 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to New York State Senate

Indigenous Day for New York

We the Indigenous People Native American reserves, it sounds so weird to say. Imagine being the originals here and being told, “you have to live on reserves”. This topic is very important especially in today’s American society where a common phrase states, “no one is illegal on stolen land”, in regards to the immigration situation. Although Natives are the first on the land, it is very uncommon to hear of them in politics, movies, schools, and even on a regular day to day basis. Due to this thinking, many Americans believe that Native Americans live like the average American, however, the situation is much worse. The phrase “no one is illegal on stolen land”, is relevant to both Native Americans and the current immigration problem in the United States. The dilemma of immigration is between the United States, and the Mexican border, whereas it is said that many Mexicans are crossing the border illegally. What makes this even more of an issue is that displacement drives migration, which is what the United States is doing by funding guns to gang wars in places like El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, etc. The immigration complication is relevant to Native Americans because they were the first here, and having their land taken away from them to live on reserves is absurd. Another important note is that in 1492, there was approximate, 112,000,000 Native Americans, and in a census in 2019 claimed to be around 5,000,000. There are 562 Native American tribes/reserves, within the United States, which is not a lot considering how many tribes were here previously. It is important to know how the average American between the ages of 14-25 thinks about Native Americans, a poll consisting of three questions was placed on my personal Instagram to determine my peers' thoughts and opinions. The first question asked, ‘Do you know what Native land you are on?’, 30% of peers answered yes, while the other 70% said no. Another question was, “How much do you know about Native Americans? 68% said not a lot, and 32% said a fair amount. When I made a follow-up question to those people who did know about Native Americans, the responses were, “Dakota Access Pipeline protest by Native Americans”, and some recalled information that was taught in upstate New York schools. However, what is taught in schools is not exactly factual.   Continuing on with the issues surrounding Native Americans, an important concern to address is the water crisis. A known water crisis is Flint, Michigan. It has been five years since the contamination of the water within Flint, and it is known throughout America, and as of 2019, now Flint has received the help that is needed, five years later which is absurd. Now as you are undergoing the shock of this, I will introduce the reality of the water crisis for Native Americans, for them, contaminated water has been a way of life. An example of this would be the water epidemic for the Navajo Nation. In the 1950s uranium has corrupted the Tribes water due to uranium and coal mining, and the effects of the polluted water are continued today. As stated before previously, water contamination effects many Nations/Tribes, primarily due to the fact that the majority of uranium and coal mining is planted on Federal Tribes. As bad as it seems, Native Americans persevere with the usage of contaminated water. You are most likely asking yourself; why is nobody helping? Well, this is on the account of no laws, rules, or regulations that enabled the act of cleanup to these sights. Although in the misted of this crisis, there are a few people who are considered a turning point for Native Americans. Allen Salway is a notable activist. Salway is apart of the Navajo Nation, a college student, a writer, and an influencer. Known on social media as “lilnativeboy”. Salway apart of the eastern Navajo Nation located in New Mexico goes to college eight hours away from his home and has no mental support from his family as they are not there. Many health issues affect Salway from drinking contaminated water, issues that cause him to faint, and skin conditions, which are all derived from drinking contaminated water. These health issues will for sure increase as the years go on, as the effects of uranium in the water is detrimental. Many college students know the difficulty of needing money, so does Salway. This is important because Salway mentions that he works a job in Arizona for minimum wage; $11.00 per hour. Due to his job, he is unable to receive Medicaid, and with these progressive health issues, his bills are outrageously high. Now these are just external health problems, depression, anxiety, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and body dysmorphia are all present in Salway’s life, but there is no way for him to pay for the high cost of therapy without the insurance, and these problems are very relevant in many young Native’s lives. These issues are significant considering the suicidal rate in the Native American community. In 2014, John Yellow Bird Steele, president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe witnessed 100 of the communities younger peers ages 12-24 commit suicide within the span of a few months. As of June 2018, the suicide rate of Native Americans is 150% more than the average American ethnic suicide rates. In one of the more poor tribes, such as Pine Ridge located in South Dakota, the life expectancy for men is 48, and the life expectancy for women is 52, therefore on average, the life expectancy would be 50. For the typical American, the life expectancy is approximately 80. That is an alarming 30 years less for Natives. The reality of this is due to suicide, and violence against the Natives. Violence against Native women is a traumatic dilemma. Native women are the most targeted for rape in the United States. One in three native women will be raped in their lifetime, 86% of rapists being non-native. Prior to 2011, there were no laws to claim that these crimes were illegal. Many Native women are also distressed in human trafficking. This goes back to the mental issues derived from the complication that Native women face, and how without the proper help the suicide rate for Natives will continue to increase at a dangerous percentage. The United States government also affects Native nation. Although nations usually have their own politics within their reservations, they still abide by the formal federal laws. The United States government shutdown taking place in mid-December to early January 2019, wreaked havoc within the Native communities. Wind River Reservation located in central Wyoming spoke out about the struggles endured within the weeks of the shutdown. A majority of the families within the reservation are below the poverty line, and the government typically sends per capita checks to Native families. What per capita checks are, are checks consisted of around $200, for oil and gas profits that the government makes off from drilling for oil on the tribe’s land. For many families, these checks are essential, as it is used to buy, groceries, and utilities. When the shutdown occurred, these checks were not given out, causing many families to be in predicaments. It is not only the people of the tribe not given their required money, but the tribe’s government is not receiving their designated amount of money. An increase in violence developed as well, due to the tribal police not being paid. The United States government shutdown hit their citizens hard, but the effects for Native Americans was an unacceptable low. The United States government has always been demanding for Native Land for their natural resources. Exactly like the Wind River Reservation, where the government is fracking for oil. Chief Washakie allowed the government to drill for oil as long as some money was distributed to the tribe. The Native Americans held up their end of the bargain by letting their land be used, however, the United States government did not hold up theirs especially during the shutdown where many families had to pack up an leave. This, ‘demanding land’, is still not uncommon.   In 2014,  United States senator, John McCain signed off sacred Apache land located in Arizona and known as the San Carlos Reservation to a copper mining company, issued without the reserve’s consent. It will be the largest copper mine but will cause environmental issues, and destruction to historical and religious land and artifacts, similar to the burning of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France where many we worried about the preservation of the art, and beautiful historical architecture instilled within the building. Native American culture is just as important but is not known by the American people. Thus, the destruction of the land is irrelevant considering from the information gathered of who knows what land they are on, 70% of people do not. In conclusion to that, if people knew what land they were on, and gained more influence on the average American, preserving Native culture would be just as important as preserving the history and art of Notre Dame. The fight for sacred Apache land is still continuing as of April 2019. Art, in forms of dance and music, is important to modern Native Americans as it is a way to protect their culture. Some forms of dancing are the hoop dance representing the never-ending cycle of birth and death. The ghost dance is an extremely important part of Native American culture; to connect with their ancestors, and their history; 150 Native men, women, and children were massacred for performing the ghost dance. Being able to present the dance now, is not only to connect with their ancestors but to bring power to the dance and their culture. Many instruments are included in the culture. Such as flutes, drums, and many other fiddle type instruments. When played, there are meanings and beliefs behind the musical presentation. The arts are important to the research as it preserves culture. With the arts there is an understanding as to how culture is kept as these instruments and dances were passed on for many generations, and since Natives have experienced a cultural genocide (the deliberate destruction of a group's culture based on the groups religions, politics, ideologies, ethical, and racial differences),  it is important to know how they keep their traditions alive for further generations. When someone says “no one is illegal on stolen land”, it is not the about ownership of land. It is about the destruction of Native Americans culture on this land. The way the land was obtained, through mass killing. It is the history behind it. If Europeans came here unannounced why is it that immigrants can not, even if they are coming in a peaceful manner? The Europeans did not come in a peaceful manner, Native Americans did not disappear in a peaceful manner, their culture, food, were slashed, they were killed for practicing their dances. To this day, their water is filled with poison that will slowly kill them, so is that still not killing off Native Americans? Is it not ironic, how we as Americans are doing nothing to help our indigenous people, but rather letting history repeat itself. Is it because us as Americans do not know the truth? Well, now you do. So let us as Americans do something. (Word count: 1,893) Bibliography Document, James, ed. Encyclopedia of the North American Indian. New York: Scholastic Reference, 1996. Print. Heath, Charlotte, ed. The Music of the American Indian. Los Angeles: UCLA Ethnomusicology, 1980. Print. Heath, Charlotte, ed. Native American Dance: Ceremonies and Social Traditions. Washington: National Museum of the American Indian and Fulcrum, 1998. Print. Murphy, Jacqueline Shea. The People Have Never Stopped Dancing: Native American Modern Dance Histories. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2007. 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Kim D
62 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Judy Duvell, James Warren, Jenelle Klumb, Diane Amour, Mark Marin Denning, Joy Maisells

Keep Indian Summer Festival at the Summerfest!

On March 18, 2019, after a tradition of 32 years, the Indian Summer Festival Inc. Board of Directors officially announced in a press release that Indian Summer Festival will no longer be at Summerfest.  Majority in the Milwaukee Indian Community were surprised to hear this news since there is no evidence that Indian Summer Festival Inc ever contacted the Milwaukee Indian Community or the 12 tribes of Wisconsin to let anybody know they were in a financial crisis, needed emergency funding, and they were even considering to leave Summerfest. Many in the community stated they felt blindsided, sad, and betrayed in social media and in a survey by this press release.  We believe that the Indian Summer Festival needs to remain at the Summerfest. Indian Summerfest Inc stated that their mission right on their website was created to run the Indian Summer at Summerfest since 1985.  Indian Summer Festival needs to stay at the Summerfest grounds because Indian Summer Festival will sharply decline like other ethnic festivals that have left Summerfest including African World Festival which was last at Summerfest in 2012. The African American community had fought 6 years battle to bring back an African Festival to Summerfest. We are trying to avoid that battle in the Milwaukee Indian Community. We believe that Indian Summer Festival Inc leaving Summerfest will hurt the Milwaukee Indian Community.  To honor the memory of Menominee Charlene Wheelock who was a WE Indians Counselor at Allen-Field Elementary School told us Native American students that she was part of the creation of the Indian Summer Festival and it was her dream that it be held at the Lakefront. Indian Summer Festival arena at the Summerfest grounds was also where Charlene Wheelock crossed over with her last breathe in September 1987 enjoying the very Pow Wow she helped bring to fruition starting with the creation of the Indian Summer Festival Inc Board in 1985. Milwaukee is known in the native language as the Gathering of the Waters. Lake Michigan comes from an Ottawa word meaning Big Lake. Having the Indian Festival at the Summerfest grounds is a 32 year old tradition of celebrating along Lake Michigan which makes it a sacred tradition. We believe that Indian Summer Festival Inc needed to come to the Milwaukee Indian Community and the 12 Wisconsin Tribes to let us know that Indian Summer Festival Inc was in a financial crisis, that they needed emergency funding, and they were considering leaving Summerfest way in advance of the March 18 press release. We believe that through community efforts like crowdfunding and seeking alternative funding that we as a community can help financially support our beloved Indian Summer Festival to remain at Summerfest. Read Article for More Information: Sincerely, Indian Summer Festival at Summerfest Supporters.

Wenona Gardner
471 supporters