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National parks

As an advocate for our public lands, mainly managed by the US Park Service, I wholeheartedly agree with David Treuer in giving Indigenous peoples enhanced rights and management of their lands (“Return the National Parks to the Tribes” the Atlantic, May 2021). However, I was disappointed to see the lack of coverage of this in the Boston Herald, and hope to create heightened awareness, especially following Indigenous People’s Day , and given the significance national parks have in many Massachusetts residents’ lives. Native Americans should be given much more responsibility, management, and profit from national parks, and as such, I call on the National Parks Service to put this control into the hands of Indigenous peoples, and readers to contact NPS and push them to do so.

Treuer, an indigenous person, recalls the war against Natives in Yosemite and similarly calls Yellowstone a “crime scene” during its founding, concluding that Natives must remain a part of the parks and become involved in legislation.

Indigenous peoples owned the nation’s land before settlers stole it, yet still, Americans fail to treat them with respect, uphold treaty rights, nor give them cultural and physical resources they need to live comfortably and safely. In the national parks, where many tribal members are associated, our government lacks regard to grant them the ability to make decisions and care for the land, as they see fit for cultural, economic, and ecological purposes.

Because of their understanding of the land, ability to manage forests, and knowledge of wildlife, it is clear the authority Natives hold in protecting our lands. We, as Massachusetts residents, must fight for the return of stolen lands to these people, creating a system in which our national parks are cared for in an efficient and cultured way.

Lily Hudner

Concord

Boston crime

Nine-year-olds getting stuck with needles while playing sports. A 14-year-old shot and killed in Boston, a 91-year-old woman stabbed.. Yet what is Mayor Wu doing about it? She put in place an ordinance limiting protests in HER neighborhood. I am sure if the 9-year-old or the 14-year-old were hers, something would be being done about the drug use in the parks and the crime in the neighborhoods. It is a disgrace!

Mass and Cass is up and running as if no intervention was ever done. People dealing and using drugs, fornicating and defecating on the streets and sidewalks. The poor residents and business owners in this area are under siege. The drug dealers and addicts should be arrested.  Unless we become proactive, the crime is only going to get worse.

Our legislators have been busy passing marijuana, online betting and new alcohol laws. Instead, with thousands dying of overdoses every year, they should be making dealing Fentanyl attempted murder/ murder.  They defund the police, even though the police are our first line of defense against all of these issues. Police are leaving in droves. crime is rampant and our courts are a revolving door.

It is time to respect our police officers, allow them to do their job and support them by upholding our laws in court.

Joan Gonfrade
Ashland

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