MAIndigenousAgenda.org and Mass Peace Action are calling for broad support for this bill. Here are some of the ways you can be involved.
Go to the Change the Flag and Seal website for information and background on the bill. You can also go to the Massachusetts Indigenous Agenda website for information and updates about this and 4 other bills relating to Indigenous People currently before the MA legislature.
Bill Name: Resolve Providing for the creation of a Special Commission relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth
Bill Description: A bill to establish a special commission which shall make recommendations regarding a revised or new design of the seal of the commonwealth and a revised or new motto of the commonwealth – to be comprised of five state legislators, five Native leaders of the Commonwealth, three representatives of major statewide arts organizations, the House and Senate chairs of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Authority, the Secretary of State or her designee, the Mass Historic Commission or her designee, two persons to be appointed by the governor, and the executive director of the Massachusetts Commission on Indian Affairs, who shall chair the special commission.
House Presenters: Lindsay Sabadosa (D – 1st Hampshire), Nika Elugardo, (D – 15th Suffolk)
Cosponsors of House Bill: Jason M. Lewis, Jack Patrick Lewis, Maria Duaime Robinson, Ruth B. Balser, Michael J. Barrett, Jennifer E. Benson, Natalie M. Blais, Paul Brodeur, Michelle L. Ciccolo, Mike Connolly, Daniel R. Cullinane, Marjorie C. Decker, Mindy Domb, Carmine Lawrence Gentile, Tami L. Gouveia, Jonathan Hecht, Natalie M. Higgins, Patricia D. Jehlen, Kay Khan, David Paul Linsky, Elizabeth A. Malia, Christina A. Minicucci, Denise Provost, Rebecca L. Rausch, David M. Rogers, Thomas M. Stanley, Tommy Vitolo, Susannah M. Whipps
Senate Presenter: Jason Lewis (D – 5th Middlesex)
Cosponsors of Senate Bill: Joanne M. Comerford, Jack Patrick Lewis, Maria Duaime Robinson, Mike Connolly, William N. Brownsberger, Thomas M. Stanley, James B. Eldridge, Adam G. Hinds, Brendan P. Crighton, Patricia D. Jehlen, Michael J. Barrett, Rebecca L. Rausch, Elizabeth A. Malia, Nick Collins, Paul W. Mark, Julian Cyr
Committee: Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight