On Monday, May 16th, the annual town meeting of Stockbridge passed a resolution in support of changing the flag and seal of Massachusetts, by a vote of 43 – 29. After the town of Belmont voted in favor of a similar resolution on May 9th, by a vote of 221 – 20, Stockbridge became the 47th Massachusetts town to vote YES to change the flag and seal. A member of the selectboard, Patrick White, said he would interpret the result as a go-ahead for the Town of Stockbridge to also act on the request of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians to change the Town Seal, which depicts a culturally offensive image of a scantily clad Indigenous person gazing at distant mountains.
The resolutions of support for changing the flag and seal will be forwarded to local legislators, and to the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth.
Next Meeting of Special Commission
The next meeting of the special commission charged with making recommendations for changing the flag and seal will take place today, May 17th, at 11 am. The public can watch the proceedings live by going to the Hearings page of the MaLegislature.gov website. Archived hearings of the special commission can be viewed from the ARCHIVES page of this website.
Deadline for S.2027 – the Bill to Create Indigenous Peoples Day for Massachusetts – Extended to June 31st
To support passage of the bill to create Indigenous Peoples Day in Massachusetts (S.2027) call your local legislators (malegislature.gov/search/findmylegislator) and also call the Senate and House chairs of the Joint Committee on State Administration: Sen. Marc Pacheco: (617) 722-1551 and Rep. Tony Cabral (617) 722-2017, and urge them to move S.2027 forward with a favorable committee vote TODAY!