The Covenant Church is the first evangelical church to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery

The Evangelical Covenant Church’s Christian Action Committee, the church’s annual conference, met Friday in Minneapolis and passed a resolution repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery.

The Covenant Church joins several Protestant denominations in taking this important step, but is the first evangelical church to do so. The resolution passed with 84 percent of the vote, according to one of the participants.

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Church wrestles with name change, latest example of the Doctrine of Discovery, and Line 3 updates

In this blog:

  • Colonial Church wrestles with name change
  • UC-Berkley removes name from campus building of controversial professor who helped steal Native lands
  • Oak Flat: The latest example of the Doctrine of Christian Discovery
  • Charges dropped against treaty protectors opposing Trump’s July 4 Mount Rushmore visit
  • Lheidli T’enneh rejects Enbridge settlement offer on 2018 pipeline explosion
  • Wisc. residents question Enbridge’s slow response to pipeline spill
  • Banks continue to fund fossil fuels, climate chaos, including Line 3
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Screening and panel discussion on Doctrine of Discovery film Sunday and other news

In this blog:

  • Free online screening and panel discussion of the “Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code,” Sunday
  • Exxon writes off Canadian tar sands oil reserves, one more reason to Stop Line 3
  • Call senators Klobuchar and Smith and ask them to Stop Line
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How the U.S. stole the sacred Pipestone quarry from the Ihanktonwan

In researching the history of Indian Boarding Schools in Minnesota, I came across the story of how the U.S. government stole the sacred Pipestone quarry from the Ihanktonwan people. (The federal government calls them the Yankton Sioux Tribe.)

In Dakota, Ihanktonwan means “People of the End Village People,” according to the Ihanktonwan Community College. “The Ihanktonwan are also known as the ‘Land of the Friendly People of the Seven Council Fires,'” known in Dakota as the Oceti Sakowin.

Historically, the Ihanktonwan’s role included protecting the sacred Pipestone Quarry, Wikipedia says,

The U.S. government took away that sacred duty.

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Enbridge Line 3 tree and shrub clearing well underway, law enforcement hypocrisy, and other news

In this blog:

  • Enbridge Line 3 tree and vegetation clearing well underway
  • Use of force: Capitol vs. Standing Rock (Indian Country Today)
  • Biden could swing these 5 pipeline battles (E&E News)
  • 96-year-old Navajo woman becomes an internet hit (Indian Country Today)
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U.S. Treaty Signers Project launched, and other news

In this blog:

  • New online resource “U.S. Treaty Signers Project” pushes back on the American myth
  • Documentary “Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code” now available through online streaming
  • Enbridge files shallow “Environmental Justice” update
  • U.N. raises human rights concerns over last summer’s arrest at anti-Trump rally at Mt. Rushmore
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Oklahoma’s new branding campaign hangs onto 19th Century mythology

Oklahoma launched a new branding campaign stunning in its 19th Century worldview and its failure to acknowledge the state’s Indigenous history and continued presence. It drew immediate rebukes. Here’s an eye-popping branding statement from the initial roll out:

This is a place that was built from scratch, made by people who gave up everything to come here from all over the world to create something for themselves and their families. We started this place with a land run in 1889 — and honestly, we’re still running, still making, still pioneering.

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News and Events: We Are Still Here Conference March 11, Maine becomes first state to ban Native American mascots, and more

News and events in this blog:

  • We own this now: A play about love of land, loss of land, and what it means to “own” something. Feb. 28
  • We Are Still Here Conference, March 11, and the We Are Still Here Advocacy Day, March 12
  • Maine becomes first state to ban Native American mascots
  • Canada attempting to change citizenship oath to include respect for Indigenous treaties

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Weekend Reads: Prairie Island Community prepares a move; New Doctrine of Discovery video, and more

In this blog:

  • Worries over nuclear waste, flooding, have Prairie Island Indian Community preparing to move
  • Presbyterian Stony Point Church in New York becomes Sweetwater Cultural Center to preserve indigenous culture and lifeways
  • New Doctrine of Discovery video: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts
  • Enbridge security firm stokes fears of water protectors

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