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”

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”

The return of children from Carlisle boarding school

SIOUX CITY, IA July 15th A fire will be lit on July 15th in honor and remembrance of the nine Sicangu children who will be traveling back home to finally lay to rest. A community meal/prayer service will be at 8pm, but everyone is welcomed to come earlier to pray and pay their respects atContinue reading “The return of children from Carlisle boarding 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”

Intertwined threads

Writing is a spiritual practice for me. Sitting at the computer, I try to quiet my mind to hear what I should write. In times past a writer would sit in front of a blank page. This morning there are intertwined threads. There are many reasons news of the remains of Native children profoundly affectsContinue reading “Intertwined threads”

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”

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”