Mayor to Repeal Indian Imprisonment Act from 1675
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For Immediate Release
November 24, 2004
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today is filing a Home Rule Petition asking the City Council to repeal the Indian Imprisonment Act of 1675. Passed in the wake of a bloody Native American uprising known as King Phillips War, the provision prohibited indigenous peoples from entering the City of Boston.

"It's time to make things right. I call upon the Boston City Council to join me and remove this blemish from our city's records. Together, we'll send the message that hatred and discrimination have no place in Boston," Mayor Menino said. "Tolerance, equality, and respect – these are the attributes of our city. These are the qualities that give Boston its vitality, that make diversity our greatest strength."

Although it has not been enforced in centuries, the law tarnishes the diverse and tolerant image of Boston. Since such a law has no place in one of the most diverse cities in America, Mayor Menino will formally ask the City Council to remove the discriminatory provision from the City's records.

"I give special thanks to Mayor Thomas M. Menino and all Boston City Council members for their willingness to end the Indian Imprisonment Act of 1675. The American Indian community stands united with all Americans today in the defense of our true home land now called America," Mike Graham, founder of www.UnitedNativeAmerica.com, said.

"November is American Indian History and Heritage Month. Boston city government's bringing an end to this law during the month of November has an even greater meaning to the American Indian community. Racism has no color and it is a two way street for anyone that wants to travel down that road, we choose to be united."

Mayor Menino was joined by representatives from the Boston Native American Center, members of the Wampanoag and Nipmuck Tribes and Jim Peters of the Massachusetts Commission on Indians. ###

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