Not Enough Being Done for MMIW

I was not aware of the epidemic of violence against, and the disappearance and/or murder of Indigenous women prior to getting to know some Indigenous people. I first became aware when I rode in a van, organized by Ed Fallon, to Minneapolis February 3, 2018, the day before the Super Bowl was played there. MinneapolisContinue reading “Not Enough Being Done for MMIW”

Human Supremacy

This morning I had one of those “ah ha” moments, when something changes my perspective in a way that explains things that seemed inexplicable. I don’t remember hearing the term ‘human supremacy‘ before. But as soon as I read that I understood what it is. White supremacy been part of our national conversation for years.Continue reading “Human Supremacy”

Capitalism must be reprogrammed with mutual aid

There is a lot of attention on the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland. I am certain little will be done that can even slow down the rapidly accelerating environmental chaos for several reasons. Industrial nations have waited far too long to begin to seriously work to get greenhouse gas emissions under control. While everyContinue reading “Capitalism must be reprogrammed with mutual aid”

Truth and healing coalition

Yesterday at my Quaker meeting, Bear Creek Friends near Earlham, Iowa, we continued discussions related to Quakers and our relations with Native peoples generally, and those we know personally. There was deep sharing related to what we were learning about the institutions of forced assimilation. Like me, others indicated they had not understood the depthsContinue reading “Truth and healing coalition”

Spiritual basis of justice work

This morning my Quaker meeting will continue to discuss our work for peace and justice. In preparation, I’ve been praying about the spiritual basis of justice work. Quakers have a long history of work related to Indigenous peoples, including participation in the institutions of forced assimilation (sometimes referred to as boarding or residential schools). InContinue reading “Spiritual basis of justice work”

This battle is far from over

The conflict in the Wet’suwet’en territories continues. The arrest of hereditary Chief Dsta’hyl and Kolin Sutherland-Wilson was a definite escalation. Both have since been released. We talked about the Wet’suwet’en again this morning as we, Des Moines Mutual Aid, were working on our food project. Support of the Wet’suwet’en isn’t an official project of DesContinue reading “This battle is far from over”

I trust you to backup the people who are protecting the land

In the following video, Kolin Sutherland-Wilson speaks at his arrest yesterday. His message to us is to support the land protectors. “Because we are doing what we know is right, and we are following our truth.“ It is an honor to be here on behalf of the Gitxsan people in support of our brothers andContinue reading “I trust you to backup the people who are protecting the land”

Chief Dsta’hyl and Kolin Sutherland-Wilson arrested

There have been many conflicts and arrests of Wet’suwet’en people by militarized Royal Canadian Mounted Police for years. There are heightened tensions now as construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline has reached the point of drilling under the sacred headwaters of the Wedzin Kwa river. Yesterday Chief Dsta’hyl and Kolin Sutherland-Wilson were arrested and removedContinue reading “Chief Dsta’hyl and Kolin Sutherland-Wilson arrested”

Wet’suwet’en Urgent Update

The arrest of Chief Dsta’hyl occurred just a few hours ago. The only news are the following tweets and Facebook posts. Supporters are asked to do what they can now. “We need boots on the ground!” There have been many conflicts and arrests of Wet’suwet’en people by militarized Royal Canadian Mounted Police. There are heightenedContinue reading “Wet’suwet’en Urgent Update”

Continued erasure of Indigenous peoples

How can the atrocities of the Native residential institutions of forced assimilation, continue to be ignored by the mainstream media, governments, and the public? (These institutions should not be referred to as “schools”. ) How can faith communities, some of whom were involved with these institutions, not advocate to have the truth revealed, and workContinue reading “Continued erasure of Indigenous peoples”