In September, 2020 the Minnesota Council of Church’s Board voted unanimously to launch a multi-year effort at truth telling, education and repair with Indigenous and African American communities. The goals include building relationships, creating an accurate, common narrative of our history, and bringing about systemic change.

Healing Minnesota Stories is a Council initiative. This blog will explore differing aspects of reparations work, past and present, along with lessons learned. Below find our previous blogs.

Feb. 18, 2021: Holocaust survivors continue to receive German reparations payments to this day

Feb. 3, 2021: Indigenous organization seeks church partners for truth telling, healing, around Indian boarding school trauma

Jan. 15, 2021: Reparations start with letting go of our myths

Jan. 11, 2021: Minneapolis announces Truth and Reconciliation Working Group

Jan. 5, 2021: U.S. reparations efforts: Japanese internment camps during WW II and the Civil Liberties Act of 1988

Dec. 13, 2020: Federal government to return (some) stolen lands to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Oct. 20, 2020: MN Council of Churches makes anti-racism core to its work, launches multi-year truth and reparations effort.

Sept. 26, 2020: MN Council of Churches to launch community process for truth telling, repair around the historic harms done to Native American, African American communities

July 21, 2020: Environmental groups are embracing racial justice as central to their work

Dec. 31, 2018: A People’s Hearing on Minnesota Reparations Legislation, Friday, Jan. 4