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A mural by members of Palo Alto High School's Social Justice Pathway, Cohort 7

Same Moon, Same Stars signifies that together we all live under the same sky and thus, we are all equal.

The artists of this mural are a small team from the Social Justice Program, cohort 7, at Palo Alto High School; they have been studying Cherokee Nation and have created a mural of Kimberly Teehee, the first representative of Cherokee Nation appointed as a delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. Her appointment fulfills the 1785 Treaty of New Hopewell and the 1835 Treaty of New Echota. The lack of a Cherokee Nation representative in Congress is only one example of the rights detailed to Cherokee Nation by the US Government that have been neglected for hundreds of years. Since 2019, she has been waiting to be confirmed into the House, and once voted in she will be a non-voting member. Delegate Designee Teehee is an activist and a lobbyist on Native American issues in the United States legislative branch. As of 2023, Teehee has yet to be seated and we encourage our community to urge their elected representatives to honor the treaty.

Land Acknowledgement

The creators of this mural acknowledge our school and mural exists on the land of the Muwekma Ohlone people. These peoples were stripped of their federal recognition as a tribe and declared to be extinct. They represent all known surviving indigenous peoples who trace their lineages to the historic tribes of the San Francisco Bay Area. We recognize, honor, and respect this nation as the traditional stewards of the lands and water on which we now live.

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