Action Alert: Statewide Indigenous Peoples Day

Calls and emails Needed Now!

Please Share Widely

The Massachusetts Indigenous Peoples Day Bill has been extended in committee until April 14th.

That means the bill is still alive and there is hope for it this legislative session. We need everyone’s help!

Please contact the State Administration and Regulatory Oversight Committee and tell them you want the Indigenous Peoples Day bill voted out favorably.

Email: Click this link to send an automated email to Committee members: (Feel free to add your own language.)

Call: Phone calls to committee members make a huge difference! You do not need to be an expert on the bill to let them know you support it. You will most likely get voicemail. Contact info and short script are below.


“My name is [insert name], and I’m from [insert town]. I urge you to help ensure that the Indigenous Peoples Day bill (S.2027/H.3191) is called to a vote and reported out favorably before the April 14th deadline extension. I support this bill and want to see it passed during this legislative session.”



Senate Chair, Sen. Marc R. Pacheco, (617) 722-1551

House Chair, Rep. Antonio F.D. Cabral, (617) 722-2017

Senate Vice-Chair, Sen. Rebecca L. Rausch, (617) 722-1555

House Vice-Chair, Rep. Christine P. Barber, (617) 722-2060

Sen. John J. Cronin, (617) 722-1230

Sen. Walter F. Timilty, (617) 722-1643

Sen. John C. Velis, (617) 722-1415

Sen. Bruce E. Tarr, (617) 722-1600

Rep. Carmine Lawrence Gentile, (617) 722-2810

Rep. Maria Duaime Robinson, (617) 722-2140

Rep. Christopher M. Markey, (617) 722-2676

Rep. Michelle L. Ciccolo, (617) 722-2210

Rep. Mary S. Keefe, (617) 722-2017

Rep. Paul J. Donato, (617) 722-2180

Rep. Paul A. Schmid III, (617) 722-2017

Rep. Steven G. Xiarhos (617) 722-2100

Rep. F. Jay Barrows, (617) 722-2488

Thank you!!


Jean-Luc Pierite President, Board of Directors

North American Indian Center of Boston

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Chief Henry Red Cloud Coming to Barre, MA on Wednesday, April 6th

On Wednesday, April 6th, Chief Henry Red Cloud of the Oglala Lakota Nation will travel to Barre, MA to view the collection of sacred objects taken from the bodies of Miniconjou and Hunkpapa Lakota killed in the massacre of Wounded Knee on December 29th, 1890, and kept for more than a century in a locked collection at the Woods Memorial Library in Barre.

Chief Henry Red Cloud is a direct descendant of the Chief Red Cloud who, in 1890, invited Chief Spotted Elk’s band of Miniconjou to leave their winter camp on the south fork of the Cheyenne River, after the assassination of Tatanka Iyotake (Sitting Bull) at Grand River on December 15th, to take refuge with him on Pine Ridge.

The Lakota have been demanding the return of these sacred objects from the Wounded Knee massacre for many years, and Chief Red Cloud will reinforce those claims.

Chief Henry Red Cloud, Oglala Lakota

All supporters of Indigenous people are urged to share the news of this significant event, and come to Barre on April 6th to support Chief Red Cloud’s the call for the repatriation of the Wounded Knee artifacts. The gathering will take place in front of the Barre town offices at 2:30 p.m. this coming Wednesday. For more information: 978-724-0412.

More News:

Next Meeting of the Special Commission to Recommend Changes to the Flag and Seal of the Commonwealth

Tuesday, April 19th at 11 a.m.

Go to: the website and check the Hearings Page at that date and time to view the proceedings live.

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