Starting an Honor Tax
This project is about honoring soveriengty. When starting a new Honor Tax remember to check your ego at the door, consult with the local tribes, explore our own notions of colonization and work with the community.
Important Tips to Remember:
- The Honor Tax should always go directly to the tribe and should never indirectly fund the project itself.
- After determining which tribe(s) you are working with get their premission to involve them in the honor tax project.
- Just as important as raising money is raising awareness. The Honor Tax should be a platform for bringing these larger issues to the surface. Remember that even angry responses create a place for further discussion and education.
- Download the Honor Tax Form.
- Send the form along with your tax payment to:
The Wiyot Tribe
1000 Wiyot Dr.
Loleta, CA. 95551
We have no events coming up but some suggested times of year to pay your tax are:
These are some suggestions but you can pay your tax any time.
“I Participate in the Wiyot Honor Tax as a way of direct reparation to the People on whose land I now live.”
-Paul Pitino (Arcata Resident)
Former Arcata City Council Member
“As a member of a neighoring Tribal Nation, I have a cultural obligation to acknowledge Wiyot homeland and pay respect to the Wiyot People for living on their traditional territories. The Honor Tax provides a way to fulfill my responsibilities as a Yurok person.”-Christopher Peters (Yurok/Pohlik-lah)
President, Seventh Generation Fund
“The Honor Tax is small compensation for the grief and loss the Wiyot people have suffered. We feel honored by the
graciousness with which they accept our presence here today and by this opportunity to contribute.”
-Dana Silvernale (Blue Lake Resident)
County Council Chair, Green Party of Humboldt County
“Our organization pays the tax because we have a commitment to justice and to honoring the sovereignty of native peoples and nations.”
-Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap (Eureka Resident) Director, Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County