Topic

native americans

16 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Patty Murray, Jay Inslee

Using Native Americans as Logos and Having our Heritage Mocked by their fans is not okay.

Why do people continue to slap us Native Americans in the face? From racist names like Redskins to racist mascots like Chief Wahoo, we are constantly reminded that we matter least. These "harmless" names and mascots lead to even greater issues. From their fans mocking our traditions and stereotypes to opposing fan bases using their names/logos to insult their team by mocking our heritage. If fans were wearing military rank instead of Native American headdresses, this would be a violation of the Stolen Valor Act. If a man's face were painted black instead of red, he would be labeled a hate-filled racist. However, because it is directed toward Native Americans, it is considered tradition. I guess that is an accurate statement. It is the tradition of this country to mistreat Native Americans. Almost all US citizens think that Natives own reservations....they are only "managers" of the land and most can't even own their own house because it is government property. People think they are getting casino money when only a very very few are. In fact, 10 of the 20 poorest counties in the united states are reservations. Native Americans have the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the United States of America. Don't get me started on the mythical college education they all get. The schools on reservations are vastly underfunded, and a recent study reported that only 52% are now graduating high school. Many reservations put the ghetto to shame, and per capita, Native Americans are the most likely race to be killed by a police officer. Might seem like a cool tradition to you but it is another unnecessary slap in the face. #NativePride

Native American United Fellowship
328 supporters
This petition won 6 years ago

Petition to Judith Enck, Walter Mugdan, Lisa Jackson, Bob Martin, Glen Logan, Andy Hobbs, Samuel Thompson, President of the United States, New Jersey Governor

Save Ringwood State Park! Don’t let Ford Motor Company use it as a toxic landfill!

Save historic Ringwood State Park! Don’t let the government give it away to a notorious polluter! Tell our elected officials and the United States Environmental Protection Agency to require Ford Motor Company to clean up and restore this beloved jewel of the New Jersey State Park system, ensuring it remains as beautiful parkland - and not to a toxic waste landfill threatening the health and safety of the disadvantaged Ramapough Mountain Indian Tribe. For background, as part of the cleanup of the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund Site in Ringwood, New Jersey, the polluter, Ford Motor Company, is trying to take back State parkland so they can use it as a toxic dump for their poisonous sludge and drums of leaking chemicals. Ringwood State Park and the neighboring Ramapough Mountain Indian Tribe homeland is dotted with former iron mines that once provided iron used in the construction of the United States Capitol Dome and the George Washington Bridge going into New York City. Yet recent testing shows these abandoned mines are leaking, and that the cancer-causing witches brew of toxic sludge and benzene could potentially impact the water supply for over 1 to 2 million people in this watershed! Unfortunately, Ford has been secretly lobbying behind closed doors with the state and federal governments to allow them to take this historic area so they can continue to use it for toxic waste disposal and long-term containment. The goal of this, of course, is to save this global polluter millions of dollars, with scarcely a concern for its impact on the environment and public health. This land belongs to the public! Don’t let them take our land away! Tell our government to REQUIRE Ford to remediate and restore it completely so we can enjoy a safe and healthy State parkland once again! For more info on this fight, visit: www.RingwoodSuperfundSite.org and www.ToxicLegacy.com

Edison Wetlands Association
70,442 supporters
Started 8 months 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
159 supporters