Come Support Indigenous Land — Right here in Westchester!
The history of Native people in Westchester County has been so obliterated that even hearing of an opportunity like this is rare. But it’s happening now and we need your support!!!
What: Chappaqua Board of Education meeting in which they will discuss their decision regarding Buttonhook Forest
Needed: a lot of people wearing green t-shirts to show up, speakers welcome too!
Where: Horace Greeley High School Auditorium, Chappaqua, NY
Wednesday, September 14 @ 7:30
Chappaqua Central School District has owned 20+ acres of forested land since 1973 — called Buttonhook Forest. It has remained pretty much untouched for several hundred years. Now they want to sell it to developers who will build 6 luxury homes on it. Native elders from different tribal nations have determined that the land has unusual spiritual significance, is an important watershed, and holds ancient sacred stones. Not to mention being home to lots of wildlife.
A small group of locals and Native people are struggling to keep the land from development and use it as a resource for indigenous education and wildlife preservation.
Preserving Buttonhook Forest will
— mitigate climate crisis
—protect biodiversity and watershed
—support Indigenous sovereignty
— honor Chappaqua history and future
—teach children ecological wisdom
This alert was posted yesterday on their GoFundMe Page:
Friends of Buttonhook are the ONLY ones that put in a bid to purchase and they’ve not acknowledged it publicly.
We must have AS MANY PEOPLE as possible there at that meeting to show that we have the backing of lots of community members!
I KNOW time is tight but it’s now it’s all hands on deck!
Wednesday, September 14th at 7:30 pm in the Greeley Auditorium
*Wear your Buttonhook T-shirt OR any green shirt to show your support”
Getting involved in this way is a first step towards making a meaningful land acknowledgment that honors connections to Native people, Nature and the Land.
Hope to see you there!
WESPAC, Friends of Turtle Island