What You Get into Will Change You

Recently a series of things happened that provoked some reflection. I saw the quote, “what you get into will change you. Sometimes in life you just don’t know what you’re getting into”, which prompted me to write the following. A lot happened to me since retiring and returning to Iowa four years ago. I hadn’tContinue reading “What You Get into Will Change You”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”