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.
Petition to Barbers Hill School Board
Change BHISD Sexist Dress Codes
I am challenging this school board for a variety of reasons, all near and dear to my heart. My son, Jabez, has had long hair since birth. It is part of who he is. In my home it isn't taught that boys shouldn't have long hair because all the other little boys have short hair. My son has reiterated time and time again that he loves his hair. My family is Cocopah Indian and hair has always been a sign of strength. When I had originally enrolled him into BHISD I was told that he could keep his long hair provided that I give documentation stating why. So I set out to do just that. I got my innocent little 4 year old absolutely ENTHRALLED about going to school. I've since been told that any documentation would NOT be allowed and he WILL NOT be allowed into the school district. It's a sexist rule that should not be implemented for boys if it's not implemented for girls. It's that simple. Girls have no rule on the length of their hair and it does not pose safety threats nor distraction concerns. The same courtesy should be extended to my child. I have tried to meet them half way. I have no problem putting his hair up or keeping it in a bun but that is simply not good enough for this district. Please help me protect something that my child holds near and dear to his heart. Sign now and share!
Petition to Local Elected Leaders, State Level Leaders, Federal leaders, Citizens of Anderson
Native American Civics & Heritage Disappearing, Call to Include in U.S. Citizenship Tests
Millions of American "Citizens" Know Nothing About Key Native American Contributions to America's Culture, Language, Traditions and Laws. With so much cultural degradation, lack of knowledge and focus on removing public NA icons research says Native Americans are Suffering because of It. The Local, State and Federal Challenges. In many local towns degradation of Native American history and traditions are happening through unwarranted attacks and removal of long-held Native-themed public schools even though the vast majority of Natives consider these school tributes not just honorable - but important. At the state level, critical "Early America" or "Native American" history courses are being removed from graduation requirements. These attacks are restricting, or even ending, the infusion of N.A. history and traditions into the larger American social fabric by failing to make an significant impact upon non-native youth. These two failings, unfortunately, are being carried out without regard to the majority desires of natives who are experiencing the loss of cultural significance or identity. However, it's at the Federal level where the most troublesome degradation of Native American identity is taking place. It may shock most to know that millions of Americans have been granted citizenship without regard to learning how Native values have greatly impacted who we are today in America and as Americans. With nearly 40 million "naturalized" U.S. Citizens living in the United States, and millions more seeking to become new citizens, the Federal Government has a unique responsibility to educate and test candidates for citizenship through an improved U.S. Citizenship Naturalization Test. Despite the test's 100 questions covering significant American history and contributions of its people, there are no study materials nor any current "Citizenship" test questions which provides a new citizen with any notion whatsoever that Native Americans contributed anything to the establishing identity, history or legal framework of the United States. This oversight is a travesty. Congress Declares The U.S. Constitution is based on Native Laws, Native Civics & Native Values The tragic 'education and testing' oversight by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services stands in sharp contrast to the fact that the U.S. Congress recognized the major role that Native American Law, traditions and civics played in the development of the U.S. Constitution as published in U.S. Concurrent Resolution 331. The test also ignores native contributions to the Founding Father's in writing the Declaration of Independence (did you know a contingent of Native leaders briefed the Continental Congress - convincing them they could fight and beat England - while they stayed at Independence Hall only weeks before June 1776?), in Women's Rights, maintaining an all volunteer military and the core concept of separation of Church and State among others. Cultural Attacks from All Sides Ultimately any culture facing the combined attacks on their native-themed public schools, the rolling back of state-level Native American history requirements and the acceptance of waves of new citizens who know nothing about us or who we were. These new citizens vote and will ultimately impact native policies through the passage of Federal Laws. There is very real fear on and off our reservations that adding millions of new citizens without holding them accountable to first learning our shared customs, traditions and civic ideals is too much to bear. Does the Government Want America to Forget Us? Many of us have a distrust of the federal government. Now, this glaring oversight only adds to this fear. Our culture sustainability battles are already fierce and the state and local levels where our symbols, logos and history are under attack. But the Federal level pressure is a much larger problem yet a remedy could be introduced by creating a new 'education to testing' citizenship pathway. For this solution to happen we need your immediate and passionate voice and support in aggressively reversing the decline in the knowledge, appreciation and protection of Native Americanism. What we are asking is that The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service immediately fix their woeful and damaging "knowledge gap" in not requiring a citizen to know our contributions. The fact that this "oversight" exists in the first place is puzzling and the fact that no elected representatives has sought to remedy this suggests there could be "indifference" to our plight. Please stand with NAGA in demanding new legislation to compel the U.S. C.I.S. to maintain - BY LAW - a new minimum level of Native American study materials and test questions for hopeful new citizens. NAGA will take the lead in providing the U.S. C.I.S. a representative sample of core questions. An example would be having citizens learn that our Constitution is actually a derivative of Native American's Great Law of Peace. Our proposed emergency resolution proposes new legislation will be developed in the spirit of "cultural preservation" - something along the lines of a larger National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 which could eventually extend protections to Native American landmarks, school names, appearance on U.S. currency and educational appropriations etc. (proposal) The Congress Shall Declare that- (1) the spirit and direction of the Nation are founded upon and reflected specifically on Native American historic heritage, civics and customs; (2) these historical and cultural foundations of the Nation should be preserved as a living part of our community life, public education and development in order to give a sense of orientation to the American people; (3) historic contributions, properties, images and traditions of the indigenous peoples are significant to the Nation's heritage are being lost or substantially altered among suburban Natives and non-Natives alike with increasing negative impact; (4) the preservation of this irreplaceable heritage is in the public interest so that its vital legacy of cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, economic, and identity benefits will be maintained and enriched for future generations of Americans; (5) in the face of ever-increasing extensions of urban centers, highways, and residential, commercial, and industrial developments, the present governmental and nongovernmental historic preservation programs and activities are inadequate to insure future generations a genuine opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the rich heritage of our nation's Native American roots; (6) the increased basic knowledge of the contributions of Native American civics, laws, customs, words, food and sports (to name a few) requires the establishment of better means of identifying and administering these topics to the general public, and the encouragement of their preservation will improve the planning and execution of federal and federally assisted projects and will assist economic growth and development of not just Native Americans, but all Americans to include our newest citizens. (7) it is hereby resolved that effective immediately the Federal Government will grant any public school with a Native American theme funds to enrich the learning environment so as to make graduates of those institutions "cultural ambassadors" of Native Americanism. Further, States may receive emergency funds to rescue or revive at-risk Native American Studies and/or Early American history courses. Finally, effective immediately, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will immediately update their citizenship program to reflect at least a 20% Native American history and civics basis is maintained, updated and aggressively utilized as the new standard for citizenship. Thank you for your passion & support. The Native American Guardians Association Mark Yellowhorse, Navajo, President William Brotherton, Abenaki, Vice President Eunice Davidson, Sioux, Past President Tony Henson, Cherokee, NAGA Board & Fighting Illini Historian
Petition to Mark Steffen, Terry Ragins, Martha Deutsch, Don Lee, Michael Wermers
Stop Disrespectful Use of Native American Gear at West High
I am writing to you as an ethnically mixed student with concern over treatment of Native American culture in my high school. As a senior currently attending West High School, over my years here, the immensely disrespectful practices towards the Indigenous peoples of America have become increasingly noticeable. Possessing a Choctaw background, I am frequently made uncomfortable by the use of culturally, historically, and spiritually significant accessories as party costumes. Specifically, I am regarding the adornment of native war bonnets or feather headdresses. West High’s mascot, the “Warrior,” an ambiguous Native American chief, inspires much of the school’s branding to be based upon vaguely native and tribal imagery, which in itself is questionable. Among the various native-inspired pieces, wearing the war bonnet is where it becomes clearly, without a doubt, disrespectful and offensive. Feathered war bonnets have both cultural and spiritual importance. Every single eagle feather has to be earned as a recognition of a grand achievement. Historically, only legendary war heroes and leaders gained the ability to wear a war bonnet, since, as the name implies, they are not simply accessories, they are honors of war. It is nearly the equivalent of being knighted or receiving a Silver Star. Many Americans would be completely outraged if high school students wore mock Purple Heart medals as part of a costume to a school party. Fake war bonnets, as opposed to authentic war bonnets, are even more offensive as it mocks not only the military history, but also the religious meaning in the natural eagle feathers. Each eagle feather, blessed and sacred, serves as a special connection to God. There are a select few students and staff that choose to wear the grossly inappropriate eagle feather war bonnets, labeled simply as headdresses, during school-wide rallies, football games, and even during our first parade. The solution is simple: ban wearing any Native American gear at West High unless it is explicitly to celebrate Native American heritage and culture. In total, there are only about ten people in total who regularly wear the mock war bonnets, meaning there will not be many people affected by this ban yet this will be an enormous step towards respecting diversity and coexisting with indigenous peoples. Being respectful and caring towards an oppressed peoples is more important than trying to maintain a racist party hat. Please help me, and all the native peoples of America, to stop another instance of indigenous discrimination. Thank you, Eternia Love Lee
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.
Petition to Kira Little Sky, Steve Black Wolf
Little Sky / Black Wolf on Iowa Presidential Ballot 2020
Give America Back! We Native Mixed Americans want to forge a revolution and turn America into a true democratic socialism based on Native American values and culture. Lets return this country to the First Nations and make it the best in the World! Our priorities is the Earth, the Wildlife, then the people. Let's fix this place!
Petition to Chulalongkorn University Student, Chulalongkorn University Student Council
Oppose the "American Indian" Themed Initiation Ritual - Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Chulalongkorn University, one of the top universities in Thailand is organizing an Initiation Rituals for the new medical students coming in 2018. One of the main themes is "American Indian" where the students dress up in make-shift costumes and portray themselves as Native Americans. They are also exhibiting the model "Indian" village and adopting their version of "fire ceremony" unrelated to the Native American culture into the Initiation Ritual. This "theme" is not meant to educate the students on the Native American culture in any way, but rather to focus on the stereotypical ritualistic representation to promote the "sacredness" of the Initiation. Not only is the term "American Indian" inaccurate and offensive, the claim that the organizer has used is mainly that they have been using this particular theme for the past 50 years. Apparently, this "theme" has not aged well in the age where we should promote cultural sensitivity and understanding among our youth. Join us in opposing this culturally inappropriate and offensive Ritual. Reference: Their Facebook page for the Ritual ——————————————————————————————— เนื่องจากสองสามวันที่ผ่านมาได้เห็นประกาศของกิจกรรมรับน้องของคณะแพทยศาสตร์ จุฬาลงกรณ์มหาวิทยาลัย ซึ่งได้ใช้ธีม Native American (หรือที่ทางผู้จัดงานเรียกว่า "อินเดียน") ซึ่งในคำอธิบายของงานได้กล่าวว่าจะมีกิจกรรมต่างๆตามธีม รวมถึงการแสดงละครและพิธีรอบกองไฟ โดยส่วนตัวมีความเห็นว่าการใช้ธีมดังกล่าวไม่เหมาะสมอย่างยิ่ง เนื่องจาก -แฮชแท็ก รวมถึงชื่องานที่ถูกนำมาใช้นั้น คำว่า "อินเดียน" เป็นคำที่ถูกนำมาใช้เพราะความผิดพลาดของคนในประวัติศาสตร์ ปัจจุบันคำเรียกดังกล่าวถือว่า offensive-จากข้อข้างต้น ทำให้เห็นว่าความผิดพลาดของคำเรียกดังกล่าว เกิดขึ้นจากการไม่ได้ศึกษาข้อมูลของผู้จัดงาน ดังนั้นจึงเกิดคำถามที่ว่า การนำวัฒนธรรมของคนอื่นมาแสดงโดยไม่ได้ศึกษามาก่อน จะทำให้เกิดความผิดพลาดและจะเชื่อมโยงไปถึงการสร้างภาพลักษณ์ที่ผิดจากความเป็นจริงของชนกลุ่มนี้หรือไม่-การรับวัฒนธรรมของคนกลุ่มอื่นมาใช้ โดยไม่ได้ให้เครดิต โดยเฉพาะของ Native American ที่เป็นวัฒนธรรมจริงๆ (ไม่ใช่ Pop Culture เช่น นินจา) และเป็นกลุ่มที่ค่อนข้างให้ความสำคัญกับการที่วัฒนธรรมของตนถูกนำไปใช้ เป็นการแสดงถึงความละเลยในเรื่องของ Cultural Sensitivity ซึ่งเป็นสิ่งจำเป็นในโลกปัจจุบัน ดังนั้น อยากจะขอเรียกร้องให้ผู้จัดงานได้พิจารณาถึงความเหมาะสมของธีมที่ใช้จัดงานอีกครั้ง อย่าลืมว่าวัฒนธรรมของ Native Americans เองนั้นมีความหลากหลายระหว่างกลุ่ม ไม่ใช่ "เผ่าอินเดียน" อย่างที่ว่ากัน และวัฒนธรรมดังกล่าวได้ถูกสืบทอดมากว่าพันปี แน่นอนว่าการเผยแพร่และธำรงวัฒนธรรมดังกล่าว ย่อมสำคัญกว่า"วัฒนธรรม"ที่ถูกคิดค้นขึ้นเมื่อห้าสิบปีที่แล้ว--เมื่อความเท่าเทียมระหว่างชนชาติยังไม่ถูกนำขึ้นมา ลองจินตนาการดูว่า หากที่ต่างประเทศมีการจัดงานรับน้อง (ซึ่งอย่างน้อยที่สหรัฐอเมริกาก็ไม่มีแล้ว) ในธีมชุดไทย ในขณะที่ใช้ชื่องานว่า "Elephant Riders Party 2018" เราจะมีความคิดเห็นอย่างไรกับงานรับน้องงานนี้?
Petition to Bergen County Executive James Tedesco III, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Robert Menendez, State Senator Gerald Cardinale, State Assembly Assemblyman Robert Auth, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi, Freeholder Mary J. Amoroso, Mayor William C. Laforet, The Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Stop the Racist Attack on NJ's Ramapough Lenape Nation by Mahwah Govt & Polo Club!
New Jersey's Ramapough Lenape Nation is being viciously attacked by the Township of Mahwah, NJ and the Polo Club, an elite housing development. This attack is meant to prevent Lenape traditional practices, such as praying in the Prayer Circle, and conducting various ceremonies, which the Ramapough people have been doing on the land for decades. In fact, a member of the Polo Club told the Chief that if the tribe refused to sell their land, "unnamed members of the Polo Club were prepared to attack the Ramapough Lenape Nation." Stop the historical pattern and practice of genocide, civil rights violations, and illegal fines devised to force Ramapough Lenape Indians off their land at 95 Halifax Road in Mahwah, NJ! For more info on this latest attack:http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2018/05/rampoughs_ask_federal_court_to_recognize_their_pra.html