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Congregational Life: Social Justice: Indigenous Peoples

online and in-person connections for service and justice work

Welcome

Here, find avenues for personal, congregational, or broader community engagement.

Find books for personal or group study and awareness in our lib guides:

 

Community Engagement

Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women | NIWRC     

#MMIWG2S – Missing and Murdered Indigenous Womxn, Girls, and Two Spirit

4 out of 5 of our Native women are affected by violence today.

Native Womens Wilderness

MURDERED & MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMEN

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REMEMBERING THE CHILDREN

Wakȟáŋyeža Wičhákiksuyapi

RAPID CITY INDIAN SCHOOL 1898-1933

The government took our children – to force them to forget who they were

This memorial is for them – so they know we never forgot who they are

This memorial is for us – so we never forget what they did

Learning from Indigenous Leaders

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INDEPENDENT LENS: Home from School: The Children of Carlisle

By Jennifer Robinson / Web Producer

Searching for the Unmarked Graves of Indigenous Children

By Nilo Tabrizy, Ed Ou and Caroline Kim•October 20, 2021

Gathering

The Minnesota Council of Churches Healing Minnesota Stories provide group Sacred Sites Tour to Explore Indigenous Experience in Minnesota. These tours are designed to "create understanding and healing between Native American and non-Native people, particularly those in various faith communities".

Tours are led by Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs (Mohican) and Bob Klanderud (Dakota). The tours offer an opportunity to learn about Minnesota history from a Native perspective through story-telling and experiencing the sites in silence / meditation / reflection.

Upcoming Tour Dates

Kairos Blanket Exercise 

KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a 2 to 3-hour interactive and experiential teaching workshop developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers and educators that explores the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the land we now know as Canada and the Northern US.

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Visit the Wakan Tipi Center, part of the Lower Phalen Creek Project.

  • Share the introductory video.
  • Discuss environmental racism
  • Learn about this land's sacred and cultural significance for the Dakota people
  • Engage in the restoration of prairie, language and traditions
  • Enjoy a staff-guided hike

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

 Kelly Sherman-Conroy, Mato Wašté Winyan (Good Bear Woman), offers these words on her blog: "What are you doing to share our stories. Right the wrongs. What are you doing to not just speak up, but act?"

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CANYON LAKE UMC WALKS WITH NATIVE AMERICAN FAMILIES

By: Doreen Gosmire, director of communications, Dakotas UMC

In A Time For Reckoning: North American Christianity and Indigenous Cultural GenocideMike Morrell offers a call to awareness, humility, repentance, and action; includes resource lists for reading/study; supporting, enjoying and learning from Indigenous artists; and specific actions for individuals, households, and congregations.

John Curl curated this list of Resources for Indigenous Peoples' Day.