Start an Honor Tax
This is a simple toolkit for starting an honor tax project where you live.
The basics to starting and honor tax where you live...
A few simple tips and guidelines for getting your project rolling...
Who's land am I living on?
Starting with first contact with colonists indigenous peoples have been categorized, moved or exterminated as it suited the needs of the colonizing force. The simple task of finding out what people originally inhabited any given area can be much more difficult than you might image. Here are some basic resources.
How do I get people talking about the issues?
When starting a honor tax project it can be useful to engage your supporters and/or the general pubic in discussions about the history of the the area, the idea of tribal sovereignty or one of many other other related issues. Here we have provided a variety of readings and films that can be used.
How do I use the media to promote the project?
This section contains tips on ways to utilize local media outlets as well as 'how to' guides for creating press releases, contacting editiorial boards and using radio and television to promote the project.
- 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