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Petition to County Supervisor Nathan Magsig, Jean M. Rousseau, Assemblyman Jim Patterson, Congressman Tom McClintock, Dunlap Band of Mono Indians, Traditional Choinumni Tribe, Wukchumni Tribal Council, Northern Band of Mono Yokuts, Squaw Valley Tribe


     What if I told you there was one common word sexual predators of Native American women used?  What if I told you some individuals vehemently defend the term as a word of honor and respect?  What if I told you an entire community was named after this word? That word is "squaw”.       Although the word “squaw” is defined as a North American Indian woman or wife, it is clear that the term is now offensive due to its pejorative usage over time, despite the lack of awareness by Non-Native Americans. The historical roots of the term “squaw” suggests it emphasizes sexual desires when the term was used; to mean female genitalia; and to denote a Native American woman who provides sexual satisfaction.      The term “squaw” in American literature shows that it describes a Native American woman who is a failed “princess”.  While an “Indian Princess” was thought to be natural, wholesome, virtuous, honorable, and connote virginity; the “squaw” was considered to be ugly, debased, immoral, and a sexual convenience that lived a squalid life of servile toil and openly available to Non-Native men.   The word “squaw” epitomizes the racism and sexism Native American women face.      I am an enrolled member of the Dunlap Band of Mono Indian Tribe and self identify as also Choinumni, both tribally indigenous to the valley.  Not only do the indigenous tribes to the valley remain Non-Federally recognized, its unconscionable that all of our mothers and daughters continue to be subjected to such blatant disrespect. Its 2021, not one more day!  Names are powerful, helping to form our identity; they are a significant contributor to one's self esteem.        Sign and stand with us, amplifying our call to respect our community, all impacted grandmothers, mothers, daughters, future Native American female generations, and Mother Earth, to end the use of a pejorative, specific for Native American women, for geographic naming.   LINK TO PROPOSED RESOLUTION     Contact: (559) 581-2893 /          LOCATION:  "Squaw Valley" is a census-designated place located in Fresno County, California, United States of America (zip codes 93646 & 93675)

Roman Rain Tree
19,662 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Pramila Jayapal, Adam Smith, Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray, Members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Members of the House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States, Suzan DelBene, Rick Larsen, Kim Schrier, Derek Kilmer, Deb Haaland, Marilyn Strickland, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Dan Newhouse, Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Federal Recognition for the Duwamish Tribe

WHO ARE THE DUWAMISH?  The Duwamish are the First People of present-day Seattle, and are the original stewards of this land. Since time immemorial, the Duwamish Tribe has maintained their ancestral home in traditional, sustainable ways for the benefit of all. Seattle is built upon and thrives on the lands of the Duwamish People, and the City still carries the name of the Tribe’s most well-known leader, Chief Si’ahl (Seattle).  Chief Si’ahl of the Duwamish and Suquamish Tribes of Indians was the lead signatory of the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855, and that agreement has never been invalidated. Yet the U.S. Government has continually failed to give the Duwamish People their rightful recognition. This is an injustice that has persisted for far too long. The Duwamish Tribe’s leadership has fought long and hard to hold the U.S. Government accountable for the promises made in the Treaty more than 165 years ago. They are still waiting.  Federal recognition does not create a tribe, but honors the government-to-government relationship between tribes and the United States. It is also vital to protecting the cultural integrity of the Duwamish People. The Duwamish are the “People of the Inside”. They are rooted to this place and these waters. They demand accountability for their People today and for all the generations to come. Now is your chance to act: Take action today and sign the petition. The Duwamish are counting on you.  SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION TODAY! Duwamish Tribe's Website Duwamish Tribe Fact Sheet Duwamish Tribe & Environmental Advocacy Promised Land Documentary Real Rent Duwamish Duwamish Tribe on Twitter

Stand with the Duwamish To Restore Federal Recognition
72,599 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Qualified Nominators of the Nobel Peace Prize

Nominate Modern Warrior AKA Lance Tsosie for the Nobel Peace Prize 2022

Welcome Everyone,  Lets put our support and power behind this petition asking for a Qualified Nominator of the Nobel Peace Prize 2022 to nominate the Native American racial and social justice warrior known as Modern Warrior and Lance Tsosie. Only qualified persons and organizations are allowed the honor of nominating someone for a Nobel Peace Prize. They're called Qualified Nominators and according to the Nobel Peace Prize website ( Qualified Nominators are defined as such (direct quote as of 10/25/21): "According to the statutes of the Nobel Foundation, a nomination is considered valid if it is submitted by a person who falls within one of the following categories: • Members of national assemblies and national governments (cabinet members/ministers) of sovereign states as well as current heads of states • Members of The International Court of Justice in The Hague and The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague • Members of l’Institut de Droit International • Members of the international board of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom • University professors, professors emeriti and associate professors of history, social sciences, law, philosophy, theology, and religion; university rectors and university directors (or their equivalents); directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes • Persons who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize • Members of the main board of directors or its equivalent of organizations that have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize • Current and former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee (proposals by current members of the Committee to be submitted no later than at the first meeting of the Committee after 1 February) • Former advisers to the Norwegian Nobel Committee * Unless otherwise stated the term members shall be understood as current (sitting) members." Nominations must be made directly to Nobel between September and January 31st. The deadline is January 31st CET. That's 6 PM on January 30th, Eastern US Standard Time.  The hope of this petition is to ask a Qualified Nominator to nominate Modern Warrior AKA Lance Tsosie based on his altruistic fighting spirit, unwavering support, and charitable work causes related to social and justice reform on behalf of all Native Americans and Indigenous of the Americas.  Please sign, like and share this petition on all modes of social media and email so we can lift him up to receive this honor. Thank you to all Native Americans and non-natives for championing for the rights of Native Americans. All people of all countries, ethnicities, gender identities, and religions are invited to join this petition.  Please help us find someone who will nominate him! Thank you very much!   

Melissa Taveras
145 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to JOE BIDEN, Joseph R. Biden

Free Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier

76 year old Leonard Peltier is a Native American man who is currently serving 2 life terms in prison for defending his land and his people. Leonard was arrested based off of an accusation of murdering 2 FBI agents during a stand off at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975 after the Wounded Knee Occupation in 1973 and has been in prison for 45 years.Leonard Peltier was an American Indian Movement leader and was asked by traditional people at Pine Ridge, South Dakota, to support and protect the traditional people being targeted for violence. Mr. Peltier and a small group of young AIM members set up camp on a ranch owned by the traditional Jumping Bull family. On June 26, 1975 two FBI agents in unmarked cars followed a pick-up truck onto the Jumping Bull ranch. The families immediately became alarmed and feared an attack. Shots were heard and a shoot-out erupted. More than 150 agents and law enforcement surrounded the ranch. When the shoot-out ended the two FBI agents and one Native American lay dead. The agents were injured in the shoot-out and were then shot at close range. The Native American, Joseph Stuntz, was shot in the head by a sniper’s bullet. Mr. Stuntz’s death has never been investigated, nor has anyone ever been charged in connection with his death.Leonard Peltier was arrested in Canada on February 6, 1976, along with Frank Blackhorse, a.k.a. Frank Deluca. The United States presented the Canadian court with affidavits signed by Myrtle Poor Bear who said she was Mr. Peltier’s girlfriend and allegedly saw him shoot the agents. In fact, Ms. Poor Bear had never met Mr. Peltier and was not present during the shoot-out. Soon after, Ms. Poor Bear recanted her statements and said the FBI threatened her and coerced her into signing the affidavits.Since there is no proof that Leonard Peltier has ever been connected to the deaths of the FBI agents and he is being held solely on an accusation, I believe he has suffered enough and should be released.

Andrew White
38,105 supporters