Toward Right Relationship with America's Native Peoples
A Project of the Indigenous Peoples Concerns Committee
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.
We 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.
Proclamation of the Continental Commission of the Great Turtle Island, Abya Yala Sept 24, 2015
A new documentary film, “The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code” is available from Dakota 38 Plus 2 Productions. See: http://www.38plus2productions.com/
Friends General Conference – the Doctrine of Discovery
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.”
“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: https://vimeo.
November 13, 2015: Westtown Friends School, at Pendle Hill, Wallingford PA
November 21, 2015 The Sisters of St Francis of Philadelphia, Aston PA
January 18, 2016: Martin Luther King Day, Boulder CO
January 30, 2016: Community United Church of Christ, 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
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.