The gifts and the presence of our Indigenous siblings should be celebrated above the horrific acts of colonization and the doctrine of discovery. As we shift our colonized minds toward a more expansive and truthful reality of systemic racism and white supremacy, we must reorient ourselves to listen to our Indigenous and Native siblings. On this Indigenous Peoples’ Day, here are some resources created by Unbound throughout the years that center the voices of our Indigenous siblings:
We Are Still Here: The Anti-Doctrine of Discovery is a Fall 2019 series of Unbound. In the intentional work of dismantling the systemic oppressions of our native siblings spurred by the Doctrine of Discovery and its ideologies, Unbound brings to you the voices, perspectives, concerns, and resilience of our Native American siblings who are still with us, telling their stories and being as the Creator created them to be. We invite you to absorb these stories for we are called to listen and to truly hear our siblings.
Sarah Augustine’s book, The Land is Not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery, talks about the harm that the Doctrine of Discovery has caused native and indigenous peoples. How can the harm that was done by the Church and faith communities in supporting the Doctrine of Discovery be undone? What does that look like and how can it happen?
What are the experiences of our Native American churches? What kind of support do Native churches need within our denomination? Also, in terms of spiritual practice and belief and practices, is there a blending of traditional Native spiritual practices and more traditional Presbyterian practices? Or does this vary depending on the person or congregation? Rev. Martha Sadongei, Pastor of Central Presbyterian Church, Phoenix, AZ & Consultant to Presbytery of Grand Canyon for NA Ministries for the Southern Churches, talks with A Matter of Faith about the issues facing Native Americans in our country.
With the voices of Native and Indigenous people, Unbound brings you With Creation. With Creation centers the experiences of Native people as they interpret scripture during the Lenten season.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day is not just a time to celebrate but it is also a time of action. We must celebrate our Native siblings while also working toward justice and equity. Here are just 6 ways to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day: