At the entrance to the womblike valley of Oak Flat, near the deeply rooted ancient oaks, Wendsler Noisie, San Carlos Apache leader, talked with me about about questions raised by a U.S. Forestry official. He asked why did they included non-Apache/settlers who also said that Oak Flat is sacred among the responses of the Environmental … Continue reading Oak Flat is Sacred… and not only to the San Carlos Apache!
The Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery is working to develop a board game to introduce players to some of the core concepts of the Doctrine of Discovery. We are imagining a game that would be fun, engaging, and give players an experiential way to problematize ideas, such as whether land that is not … Continue reading Dismantling Board Game project
Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition (DDoD) is starting a campaign backing the San Carlos Apache led efforts to save Oak Flat from destruction by a proposed copper mine. You are invited to join in! Oak Flat, (Chi’chil Bildagoteel) is a sacred site of the San Carlos Apache from time immemorial. It is a place … Continue reading Announcing Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Campaign for Oak Flat
The Arts and Education Committee of the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition is assembling a new resource on the topic of reparations and repair. It will contain biblical and theological reflections as well as stories about how people have practiced reparative justice on the ground. Our intended audience is Anabaptist congregations, but our past resources (see here) have been … Continue reading Call for Submissions
Contributed by J. Denny Weaver, In the movement to dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery, reparations should be a part of the discussion. The historical facts are undeniable: land theft and multiple kinds of destruction committed against the bodies of Indigenous Peoples by Europeans. Of course, people alive today are not personally guilty of these multiple … Continue reading Reparations: An Atonement Connection
Janet Kroeker and Katerina Friesen, members of Mennonite congregations that have studied and lamented the impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, created an addendum to the purchase agreement of a house one of them is selling and the other buying. We encourage others looking to buy or sell homes to be in conversation with local … Continue reading One Small Step Toward Reparations
A Oct. 10 article in the Washington Post has reported that a landmark law governing the adoption of Native American children that was designed to keep them within Native American families has been struck down as unconstitutional by a federal judge in Texas. Says the article, “In an Oct. 4 ruling that has stunned Native … Continue reading Federal Court Ruling on the Indian Child Welfare Act
A group of people in Lancaster, Pennsylvania -- many of them Mennonites -- have been inspired by the people of Standing Rock to stand against a fracking pipeline going through their area. Here's an inspiring video about this resistance.
By Anita Amstutz United Nations investigative worker Michael Sharp, also known as MJ to his friends, went missing March 12 — abducted in the Congo, along with four Congolese and a Swedish colleague. Three were recently confirmed dead, found in a shallow grave. Even as the Mennonite and international community mourn Michael's tragic and untimely … Continue reading Honoring Michael Sharp
Seattle-based David Mesenbring is a public speaker, social entrepreneur and traveler who's worked as an anti-apartheid activist; Africa-focused grant maker; nonprofit founder; and social justice animator. A committed ecumenist, he was ordained by Africans after being raised Lutheran and is now an Episcopal priest. His volunteer passions include Oikocredit (a global cooperative that finances FairTrade … Continue reading Troubling questions