even Quakers if you can believe that

“even Quakers if you can believe that“. I heard this from an Indigenous friend during a presentation about institutions of forced assimilation. This is damning for us Quakers. A jarring dichotomy of being viewed as leaders in the work for peace and justice and yet to have participated, continue to participate in the cultural genocideContinue reading “even Quakers if you can believe that”

Native American Boarding School Violence and Whitewashed History

I have been blessed to get to know and become friends with Sikowis (Christine Nobiss). Four years ago I heard her speak about building bridges with native peoples during Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative)’s annual sessions. In 2018 we walked and camped together for 94 miles, eight days, along the path of the Dakota Access pipelineContinue reading “Native American Boarding School Violence and Whitewashed History”

Ku Stevens’ Remembrance Run

Stories continue to emerge related to the remains of native children on the grounds of institutions of forced assimilation. Over 1,000 have been found on the grounds of several institutions in Canada so far. Searches are beginning in the land called the United States. Just last month nine children from the Carlisle boarding school in PennsylvaniaContinue reading “Ku Stevens’ Remembrance Run”

The eyes of the future are looking back at us

There is a native concept of considering what the effects of decisions made today will be on seven generations into the future. The following quotation makes a two way connection between us and future generations. Looking at each other over the generations. The eyes of the future are looking back at us and they areContinue reading “The eyes of the future are looking back at us”

Practicing Hope

Most white people in what is called North America were ignorant of the history of forced assimilation. But many are learning about it now, shocked to hear about the Native residential schools from news reports about the remains of hundreds of children on the grounds of those institutions. Are learning about the cultural genocide, theContinue reading “Practicing Hope”

Corrosive of the human spirit

I am broken, trying to make sense of Quakers’ involvement with the institutions of forced assimilation, the Native residential schools. In the news now because of the verification of the remains of hundreds, soon to be thousands, of children on the grounds of those institutions in both the US and Canada. Verified because Native peoplesContinue reading “Corrosive of the human spirit”

Minute from Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) 2016

Truth and Reconciliation 16-08-30 At Yearly Meeting 2015 Friends approved Minute 2015.08.33 calling on individualFriends to read the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Calls to Action. The Minute asks Friends to listen expectantly to the Spirit for guidance on what steps they may be personally led to take. It alsoContinue reading “Minute from Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) 2016”

Great Plains Action Society-Residential Schools

Hi Friend,  Thank you for being a supporter of Great Plains Actions Society and all our work on behalf of the Indigenous and Native communities. We recently supported our community through an awful tragedy that I will talk more about below. We need your help to keep fighting for our equality and basic human rights. Please consider donating $25, $50,Continue reading “Great Plains Action Society-Residential Schools”

From Apology to Action

Truth and Reconciliation Commission – From Apology to Action In 2007 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was established as part of the legal settlement of the largest class-action lawsuit in Canadian history. The TRC’s mandate was: to learn the truth about what happened in the residential schools and to inform all CanadiansContinue reading “From Apology to Action”

Prayers offered in Sioux City as remains of Native children return to their native lands

A national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for residential school survivors and others affected. People can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419. Prayers were offered at the War Eagle Park in Sioux City this morning as the nine children ofContinue reading “Prayers offered in Sioux City as remains of Native children return to their native lands”