The Parks and Recreation Commission is currently examining the name of Pocahontas Park after concerns were raised that the name may be offensive, and if so, does not reflect Roseville’s desire to be an inclusive community. As a result, the Commission has been learning more about the subject. At recent meetings, the Parks and Recreation Commission learned more about who Pocahontas (birth name Matoaka), was, heard feedback from representatives of Native American groups, received feedback from residents and discussed the issue.
Based on initial conversations, the commission has developed an Engagement and Analysis Plan based upon the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) Racial Equity Toolkit and the draft HRIEC engagement best practices.
The Parks and Recreation Commission is planning to hear more from Native American communities, Native American residents of Roseville, neighbors of Pocahontas Park and other Roseville residents who are interested in the conversation.
In conversations with representatives of Native American groups and others, the following concerns have been raised.
September 1, 2020 - History of who Pocahontas, the person, was
October 6, 2020 - Overview of the GARE Racial Equity Took Kit
November 5, 2020 - Develop Engagement Plan
December 1, 2020 - Guest Speaker
January 25, 2021 - Joint Meeting with City Council
February 2, 2021 - Additional steps in engagement
April 6, 2021 - Updated process