Take Steps Toward Change

What’s the history of the land where you live?

Who were the original people on this land?  Are they still there? If not, happened to them? Where are they now?

How has the land – and natural life in the area – been stewarded and cared for in the centuries since it was taken from the original inhabitants?

Learn about the Doctrine of Discovery and some of the laws and treaties that govern the relationship between tribal nations and federal or colonial governments. Learn about the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples — the framework of rights and obligations supported by 147 nations, including (although belatedly) the United States and Canada.

Learn some of the basics  of the history that the our ancestors – settlers and Indigenous – walked through, in the centuries since the “Doctrine of Discovery” and first contacts.

Hear the hard stories – the heart stories – about the role of churches (including Quakers) in the forced assimilation of Indigenous children through boarding schools and adoptions.

Amplify and celebrate the emergence of decolonizing thoughts, deeds, and ways of navigating in a shared world.

Change History as It Is Made Today

Broken promises about health care and Indigenous-led education affect Native communities today. Complex legal boundaries still threaten the safety of tribal members, especially women. And lands, water, and resources are still being taken from Indigenous Peoples. Join in advocating for the rights of Indigenous Peoples spelled out in the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and highlighted in the news from Tribal Nations.