9 Children of the Sicangu Oyate traveling home to Lakota Makoce

SIOUX CITY — A caravan bringing home the remains of nine Rosebud Sioux children, who died at a Pennsylvania boarding school more than a century ago, will stop in Sioux City Thursday. Ten Native American children — nine from the South Dakota tribe and one from the Alaskan Aleut Tribe — were recently disinterred fromContinue reading “9 Children of the Sicangu Oyate traveling home to Lakota Makoce”

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”

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”

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”

Four Indigenous Climbers Arrested “LANDBACK”

From NDN’s Landback campaign. NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building, and narrative change, we are creating sustainable solutions on Indigenous terms. Four Indigenous Climbers Arrested After Mounting “LANDBACK” Flag From 100 Ft Dakota Mills Grain Silo Action Calls Out Hypocrisy of July 4th, Uplifts DemandContinue reading “Four Indigenous Climbers Arrested “LANDBACK””

National holidays, Indigenous leadership and buried children

I’ve been writing about the event that was going to be held at the Iowa State Capitol “stop whitewashing genocide and slavery”. I urged people I know to attend. Support the BIPOC struggle in Iowa – LANDBACK Friends Organizers asked for a show of support. I was disappointed to see only a few people IContinue reading “National holidays, Indigenous leadership and buried children”

July 4 Nexus

nexus a connection or series of connections linking two or more things There are so many concepts and much history related to July 4th. I’ve come a long way from what I, a white person, was taught in school. About the heroes and battles that brought independence from the British. And just a sentence orContinue reading “July 4 Nexus”

Support the BIPOC struggle in Iowa

People ask me how they can support local oppressed communities. Showing up tomorrow is a great way to do so. Organizers “would love to see a mass turnout to support the BIPOC struggle in Iowa”. Tomorrow, July 4, 1-3 pm, an event I previously wrote about will take place at the Iowa State Capitol. StopContinue reading “Support the BIPOC struggle in Iowa”

There is much that our past can show, if everyone will stop turning away from the truth

Following are stories from Madonna Thunder Hawk and Chase Iron Eyes (both from the Lakota People’s Law Project) about the Native boarding schools in the lands called Canada and the United States. And a petition calling for the Biden administration and congressional committees to form and empower a Truth and Reconciliation Commission today. As weContinue reading “There is much that our past can show, if everyone will stop turning away from the truth”

Proximity and perspective

This is likely to be a kind of stream of consciousness. Exploring proximity of distance, of time, proximity to the Spirit. How proximity changes our perspective. I’m floundering. I seem to have become unmoored from the Quaker faith community I was raised in and chose to remain part of my entire life. Throughout my lifeContinue reading “Proximity and perspective”