Target: Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin
Goal: Shut down plans to excavate an ancient Native American burial site for profit.
A mining company in Wisconsin is currently planning to excavate sacred burial sites so that they can reach a natural resource believed to exist beneath the mounds and graves. Even though these sites are state-protected, the mining company is taking action to fight their protection through new legislation. They are openly scheming to disrespect and desecrate many peoples’ final resting places in order to reach a resource that can be found elsewhere. The mining company should not be allowed to dig up human remains for the purpose of financial gain, legally or illegally.
For centuries, the Indigenous groups of America have been taken advantage of, oppressed and exploited in favor of White domination. Ever since the European invasion of North America, scientists and archaeologists have been defacing Native American graves for the sake of “research.”
This type of dehumanizing violation doesn’t just happen on grave sites, it occurs in classrooms with manipulated history, on government-controlled reservation conditions and through institutional racism. We know that this is in specific disregard for the marginalized group of Native Americans since these excavations aren’t happening at white and/or Christian resting places.
We cannot stand by while the rights of oppressed groups are taken away, especially for financial gain. These burial sites are not only the final resting places of respected and loved ancestors, but they are also symbols of an ancient culture that is slowly being eradicated by shameless interest groups like the aforementioned mining company. By signing this petition, you will help to encourage Wisconsin governor Scott Walker to intervene in this unethical plot.
Dear Governor Walker,
A mining company is currently planning to complete a massive excavation of the Ho-Chunk Native American burial mounds in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin. Although these graves are state-protected, the mining company believes it necessary to overtake the legal safeguards by proposing new legislation that would allow them to destroy the graves in search of conclusive proof of burial. Obviously, digging up the graves in order to locate proof of burial is a detrimental process in itself, one that the tribe is supposed to be protected from.
The hypocrisy expressed in the drafting of this scheme is one of direct indifference toward the rights of Native Americans. As you know, American history has a dark past when it comes to interactions with American Indians and treaties have long been broken to promote the interests of the white community.
In this modern age, we should not have to continuously address problems of this nature–ethical lessons that should have been learned long ago. The commercial interests of the mining company should not be placed before the rights of an Indigenous group concerning their prehistoric effigies or burial sites.
The blatant disregard for Indigenous rights and treaties isn’t a new issue across America, but it is one that has been gaining recognition over the years. Please do not ignore this situation–we need your help in rejecting this mining company’s invasive, illegal plan to destroy these well-established and holy graves. Please choose to assist an already small and oppressed minority in protecting what little they have left as cultural and traditional emblems of their long existence in America.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Herb Roe