Opportunities:

An Invitation to Support our Indigenous Kin

The Piscataway Conoy Tribe has requested our help to sign a petition and reach out to Maryland Senators to change a highway name from Indian Head Highway to Piscataway Highway-in honor of the two Piscataway Maryland State Recognized Tribes-Piscataway Conoy Tribe and Piscataway Indian Nation equally. 

Although our church sits on the lands in Washington, DC, this land previously belonged to Maryland. Prior to its redistribution to the District of Columbia, this land was stolen from indigenous people. Bill HB 1433, which will change the name of these ancestral lands, has reached the Maryland Senate. The hope is to have another two thousand signatures by the end of the month. These signatures will show support of these name changes and will take us one step closer to justice for our indigenous kin.

We are looking for everyone who lives, works, plays, and worships on these ancestral lands to take a moment and contemplate on who these lands belonged to and consider how they may support our indigenous kin.

If you have any questions, please reach out to jhouff@washingtoncitycob.org.

For Maryland residents:

Please take a moment to sign the Change.org Campaign using the link below:

Petition · Change the name of Indian Head Highway and the Town of Indian Head · Change.org

AND call or email the following Maryland State workers in support of these name changes:

Senator Brian Feldman -Montgomery County-VP Finance Committee

410-841-3169

brian.feldman@senate.state.md.us

Senator Delores Kelley-Baltimore County -President Finance Committee

410-841-3606

delores.kelley@senate.state.md.us 

AA_FIN@mlis.state.md.us

For everyone, please prayerfully read our church’s “Land Acknowledgement” statement and reflect on how we as individuals and a congregation can promote justice and well-being of indigenous peoples:

Washington City Church of the Brethren stands on the ancestral lands of the Nacotchtank (Anacostan) and Piscataway Peoples. We acknowledge this history and recognize that our city is a present day home to Indigenous people from many Native American nations. We pay respect to the past, present, and future elders who care for this region.