Repatriation of Rosebud Sioux Tribe Children at Carlisle Indian Industrial School

CARLISLE, Pa. — Twenty-three-year-old Christopher Eagle Bear from the Rosebud Sioux tribe in South Dakota has been growing out his hair since he visited the site of the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School six years ago.  The trip, made by the Rosebud Sioux youth council in 2015, sparked a group of young tribal members toContinue reading “Repatriation of Rosebud Sioux Tribe Children at Carlisle Indian Industrial School”

The return of children from Carlisle boarding school

SIOUX CITY, IA July 15th A fire will be lit on July 15th in honor and remembrance of the nine Sicangu children who will be traveling back home to finally lay to rest. A community meal/prayer service will be at 8pm, but everyone is welcomed to come earlier to pray and pay their respects atContinue reading “The return of children from Carlisle boarding school”

Indigenous children stolen to open the West

I’ve been praying and writing a great deal about the atrocities of forced assimilation of Indigenous children. Studied the history of these atrocities. Heard my Native friends’ stories. All of this is just horrendous. I didn’t think it could be any worse. Thought this was an extremely misguided attempt to help Native children, wrong asContinue reading “Indigenous children stolen to open the West”

Intertwined threads

Writing is a spiritual practice for me. Sitting at the computer, I try to quiet my mind to hear what I should write. In times past a writer would sit in front of a blank page. This morning there are intertwined threads. There are many reasons news of the remains of Native children profoundly affectsContinue reading “Intertwined threads”

Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings 2

Yesterday I wrote of my conflicts with Quakers, which stem from lack of response to atrocities of institutions of forced assimilation. Which Quakers had been involved with. Native organizations are not asking us to judge our Quaker ancestors. They are asking, “Who are Friends today? Knowing what we know now, will Quakers join us inContinue reading “Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings 2”

Conflict Resolution 1

How can I work through conflict with my Quaker community? What is the conflict? How resolved? Fundamentally, what is the relationship between spirituality and how we live our lives? I agree with my friends Alton and Foxy Onefeather, “Earth is my church”. That is why I’ve had lifelong tensions with Quakers about burning fossil fuels.Continue reading “Conflict Resolution 1”

Iowa Prairie Conference

My friend Sikowis (Christine Nobiss) will be speaking at this virtual 2021Iowa Prairie Conference July 31st. She will be speaking at 12:10 pm End-Stage Iowa: Big-Ag’s Sacrifice Zone and Indigenous Resistance. Here is the link to the registration page: Tickets for Iowa Prairie Conference in Des Moines from MIDWESTIX The Iowa Prairie Conference is aContinue reading “Iowa Prairie Conference”

Tensions between Native peoples and Christian religions

There is growing sorrow and anger in Indigenous communities now. Related to the awful and expanding discoveries of the remains of children, thousands of them, found on the grounds of former Native residential schools. A good friend told me he is trying to not let rage get in the way of his mourning. I knowContinue reading “Tensions between Native peoples and Christian religions”