Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Because of the upsurge in COVID cases in Iowa, my friends at the Great Plains Action Society decided not to hold a public gathering this Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Instead, they participated in a guerrilla street art action to push back at the recognition of Columbus Day in Iowa and the nation. Celebrate Indigenous People’s DayContinue reading “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”

Lakota Nation vs. the United States

Art can be a powerful tool for justice and activism. Can reach the heart when the mind is closed. Following is an announcement about a documentary film that is being produced, Lakota Nation vs. the United States. The announcement helps explain why the Black Hills are a focus of #LANDBACK. LOS ANGELES — Documentary filmContinue reading “Lakota Nation vs. the United States”

Truth and Healing Curriculum

As the horror stories of the institutions of forced assimilation of Indigenous children continue to emerge, it is clear the erasure of this history almost succeeded. I remember being taught very little beyond Columbus ‘discovering America’, the colonial version of ‘Thanksgiving’, and not much related to the settler colonists and Indigenous peoples. It is crucialContinue reading “Truth and Healing Curriculum”

May these steps be steps of prayer

Recent posts have been about “Treaties not Tar Sands” and the Treaty People Walk for Water. Walkers arrived at the Minnesota Capitol grounds Wednesday, ending a 256 mile walk from the Mississippi headwaters, an effort to draw attention to the state-approved Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. Camp Migizi leader and Fon Du Lac Band member TayshaContinue reading “May these steps be steps of prayer”

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”

Quaker meeting 6/27/2021

Yesterday afternoon a group of Midwest Quakers gathered via Zoom in response to the terrible news of the remains of children at Native residential schools in Canada. Tragically there is no doubt many more will be found. We began with an hour of worship together. For those not familiar, many Quakers worship in silence. IfContinue reading “Quaker meeting 6/27/2021”

Monuments to White Supremacy July 4, 2020

Following are excerpts from a blog post I wrote about the gathering on July 4 last year related to white supremacy and monuments to white supremacy. Statues to Confederate soldiers are monuments to White supremacy. These White men committed treason by seceding from the United States, and going to war to preserve the institution ofContinue reading “Monuments to White Supremacy July 4, 2020”