Toward Right Relationship with America's Native Peoples

A Project of the Indigenous Peoples Concerns Committee

discovery Indigenous leaders are calling on people of faith – and all people – to raise awareness about the historical and ongoing injustices committed against Native peoples, and to seek ways of building right relationship with them in accord with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In response to this call and with the advice of Native American educators, the Indigenous Peoples Concerns Committee developed a 2-hour workshop called, “Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples.” Workshop participants enact a 45-minute script and then reflect on and share their responses in a “talking circle” or worship-sharing format. A Resource Kit is provided so that groups can pursue further study of the issues and consider what “right relationship” might mean in their own circumstances.

declarationWe present a similar, but shorter, program in middle school and high school classrooms, titled, “Re-Discovering America: Understanding Colonization.”  Native American facilitators in the Toward Right Relationship project offer a version of the workshop to Native audiences (schools, colleges, communities), titled “Native History, Native Rights; Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change.” To request a presentation of any of these Toward Right Relationship workshops, please contact project director Paula Palmer at paulaRpalmer(at)gmail(dot)com. For more information, see the documents below.

The Toward Right Relationship project collaborates with Native Americans and other organizations to create and/or support meaningful processes for truth, justice, reconciliation, and healing. The Boulder Meeting established a restricted fund to enable the Toward Right Relationship project to accept donations in support of this work. Funds are used for materials and supplies; travel to conferences and to facilitate workshops and offer trainings; publications; social media development and management; project administration; and project staff support. To make a donation, please see instructions and a PayPal link below. We gratefully appreciate your support to carry on this work.


What’s New

Watch Paula Palmer’s 50-minute presentation on the Quaker Indian Boarding Schools, given at Boulder Meeting May 22, 2016, here:

Stories from Quaker Indian Boarding Schools


A Participant’s Response to the Toward Right Relationship Workshop, by Emily Jacobi
The Philadelphia Enquirer Op Ed: Pope should rescind ‘Doctrine of Discovery’
Sign Petition Asking Pope Francis to Revoke the Doctrine of Discovery

Boarding Schools

Research on Quaker Indian Day Schools and Boarding Schools image

During her tenure as Pendle Hill’s 2015 Cadbury Scholar, Toward Right Relationship project director Paula Palmer is conducting research on the role Quakers played in conceptualizing, promoting, and carrying out the forced assimilation policies of the last two centuries. This policy was succinctly expressed by Merrill E. Gates in 1891:

“We are going to conquer the Indians by a standing army of school teachers.”

Field Research Travelogue Sept 2015

“First Light” is a 13-minute video about Maine’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which concluded that Maine’s child welfare system committed cultural genocide against the Wabanaki people. The Wabanaki people are engaged in healing processes.See:

Upcoming Workshops

June 27, 7-9 pm, Boulder Friends Meeting, 1825 Upland Ave, Boulder CO

Toward Right Relationship Project Documents

Letter to Faith Communities about Workshop
Toward Right Relationship Workshop Facilitators Bios
Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change – Workshop Description
Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change – Participant Feedback
Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change – General Flyer
Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change –  Workshop Calendar

Resource Kit
Walter Echo -Hawk’s Five Steps to Healing
Re-Discovering America flyer
Paula Palmer’s Traveling Minute from Boulder Friends Meeting
“Healing Our Nation’s Oldest Wounds,” by Paula Palmer, Western Friend, Jan./Feb. 2014
How to Host a Workshop
How You Can Support the Toward Right Relationship Project

To make an online donation, click “Donate”, then enter “Toward Right Relationship” in the Purpose box.


To donate by mail, send a check to Treasurer, Boulder Friends Meeting, P.O. Box 4363, Boulder, CO 80306.  Make the check payable to “Boulder Friends Meeting” and write “Toward Right Relationship” in the Memo line.

Toward Right Relationship Project Quarterly Reports 

Oct 1 – Dec 31, 2013
Jan 1 – March 31, 2014
April 1 – June 30, 2014
TRR Project 2014 Annual Report

TRR Project Description and Work Plan 2015

Oct 1 – Dec 31, 2014
Jan 1 – March 31, 2015

April 1 – June 30, 2015
2015 TRR Project 2015 Annual Report

Oct 1 – Dec 31, 2015
Jan 1 – March 31, 2016