MA INDIGENOUS
LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

Updates and Action Alerts

SINKING COLUMBUS: Boston Marches for Indigenous Peoples Day

Rally and march on Saturday, October 10 2020 to demand that the city of Boston honors Indigenous Peoples Day and commits to not returning the Columbus statue to Boston’s waterfront.

Masks up, Columbus down!

Mayor Walsh and Boston City Council need to stop erasing Indigenous people in the city and need to step up to address these and other Indigenous issues. We are sick and tired of being ignored!

Action Alert: Write to your Legislators

Click the button below to write to your legislators now to support bills to ban Native American mascots in MA, change the State Flag and Seal, and protect Native heritage:

Columbus Statue Petition

The Christopher Columbus statue in Boston’s ‘Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park’ has stood for decades as a representation of white supremacy and the celebration of Indigenous genocide caused by Columbus and his men. Like similar statues around the country and Confederate monuments, this Columbus statue has been a focus of protest repeatedly, including having its head knocked off on 6/10/2020. The City of Boston has temporarily removed the headless statue, but will not commit to removing it permanently. Please sign the petition to demand that the city permanently remove the statue and rename the park.

Mascot Letters

The National Congress of American Indians and multiple tribes have issued calls for a prohibition on all Native American sport team mascots, logos, and nicknames in Massachusetts public schools:

• National Congress of American Indians Mascot Letter
• Chappaquiddick Mascot Letter
• Herring Pond Mascot Letter
• Mashpee Mascot Letter
• Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag Mascot Letter
Nipmuc Mascot Letter

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About

We are working to support legislation currently before the Massachusetts State Legislature that will benefit Indigenous Peoples.

Our current Agenda includes five bills in the 2019-2021 session that reflect some of the key concerns within Massachusetts. 

From time to time, we will also ask supporters to lend a hand with other legislation in the region and nationally.

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The Agenda

These are the bills we are supporting in the 2019-2020 MA legislative session

Replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day to celebrate Indigenous resilience and survival. The change acknowledges the true histories of colonialism, genocide and racism that Native peoples have experienced and continue to face.
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Ensure Native American funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony held in governmental or non-profit collections are not sold for profit.

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Prohibit Native American mascots in Massachusetts public schools.

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Massachusetts has kept a sword hanging over the heads of Native Americans for hundreds of years. That’s a terrible symbol for our state.

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Improve educational outcomes and opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students.

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