An Act to Protect Native American Heritage


THREE MA INDIGENOUS AGENDA BILLS BEING HEARD ON TUESDAY, JUNE 25: Ban the Mascots bill, Native Education bill, and Native Heritage bill.

Here’s the info for the 3 bills that are being heard before committees on Tuesday!

S.274/H.443, An Act prohibiting the use of Native American mascots by Public Schools in the Commonwealth. Joint Committee on Education, MA State House Hearing Room A1, 10 am on 6/25.
H.444, An Act Providing for the creation of a permanent commission relative to the education of American Indian and Alaska Native residents of the Commonwealth. Hearing is on 6/25 (same day and same committee as the mascots bill). Joint Committee on Education, Hearing Room A1, 10 am on 6/25.
H. 2948/S.1811, An Act to Protect Native American Heritage. Joint Committee on Tourism, Hearing Rom B-2.,11 am.

You can write your letters in advance of the meeting on June 25 or after the meeting, But do plan to get those letters in with in the next week! Details provided in the action alerts for each bill.

Information on the other two bills:

-The state flag & seal bill is not scheduled for committee hearing yet.
-The Indigenous Peoples Day Bill was heard in early June – but we still urgently need more letters from you to get it out of committee!

More Information about the bill

Bill Name: “An Act to Protect Native American Heritage”

House Number: H.2948

Senate Number: S.1811

House Presenters: David Biele, Dave Rodgers

House Cosponsors: Julian Cyr, Mary Keefe, Tommy Vitolo, Patricia Jehlen, Jon Santiago, Jack Lewis, Mary Keefe, Stephan Hay, Denise Provost

Senate Presenter: Nick Collins

Senate Cosponsors: Julian Cyr, Mary Keefe

Committee(s): Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight

Bill Description: To ensure that Native American funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony held in governmental/municipal or in non-profit collections are not sold for profit.