Statements and Questions Concerning Indigenous Justice Issues

Statements

Center for Indigenous Ministries (Disciples of Christ)
Statement of Support for Black Lives Matter! and a DOC Narrative to Dismantle Racism
June 10, 2020

Recognizing the ways in which the lives of racialized groups affect each other across time and space, the Center for Indigenous Ministries (Disciples of Christ) stands with the National Convocation and all who commit themselves to exposing and eradicating the sin of racism from our world. Indigenous ontologies and cosmologies reflect the view that the cosmos is relational and in order to walk a moral path, humans must develop a moral consciousness that recognizes that all persons have moral worth, interests, practices, and customs. Thus, we affirm and support the call that Black Lives Matter!

We agree with Rev Dr. Timothy James admonition that “we must work within the church to have honest dialogue, confession, and deep conversation regarding the narrative that needs to be adjusted to bring about a change and the dismantling of racism.” As Indigenous and non-Indigenous people working for justice, the Center for Indigenous Ministries (Disciples of Christ) also commits to taking our Anti-Racist/Pro-Reconciling initiative to the next level—to not only remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Atatiana Jefferson, and so many more, but also to commit to doing the hard work of exposing and rooting out the systemic and institutional racism in the church and society.

 

Questions

Our “Question” section is to give you a place to ask question (easy and hard) about indigenous justice issues.  From that point, we will begin a conversation on either Facebook and/or Ridged Valley Reflections.  Allowing for everyone to engage the question you raise.  Questions and responses are to be honest, the hear others truths, and to challenge existing norms.  If you have a question, fill out the form below.

 

Letters

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe & Dakota Access Pipeline
September 1, 2016
David Archambault II, Chairman
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Building #1 N Standing Rock Avenue
P.O. Box D
Fort Yates, North Dakota 58538

Dear Chairman Archambault,
We are a small group of interfaith leaders in western Washington state, following through on historic commitments to affirm the sovereignty of Native people and work together to overturn the injustices perpetrated in the name of destiny, progress, and use of land and resources.

In our own region we join the efforts of the Lummi Nation to resist the exploitation of sacred lands for a coal terminal; support the canoe paddle journey, renewing coastal traditions and strengthening indigenous identity; and participate in building relationships between faith communities and Native Nations.

We want to express our outrage and solidarity with the Sioux Nation, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline across your sacred and ancestral lands. We call for the respect of the sovereign rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its peoples, protection of its sacred and ancestral lands, and for the immediate and permanent halt of the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. We are asking our members and participants to voice their opposition in messages to the Army Corps of Engineers, President Obama, and Congress.

With our deepest respect and support.

Anita Amstutz, Anabaptist Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery
Sarah Augustine, Suriname Indigenous Health Fund (SIHF) and Anabaptist Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery
The Rev. David B. Bell, Yakama Christian Mission
The Rev. Paul Benz, Faith Action Network
LeeAnne Beres, Executive Director for Earth Ministry
Marilyn Liden Bode, Sacred Water Canoe Family and ELCA
Elise DeGooyer, Faith Action Network
The Rev. Michael Denton, Conference Minister, Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Church of Christ
Jessie Dye, Program and Outreach Director for Earth Ministry
Thomas C. Ewell, Religious Society of Friends, Friends Committee on Washington Public Policy
Luke Gasho, Anabaptist Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery
Kristina Gonzalez, PNW Conference, United Methodist Church
Sheri Hostetler, Anabaptist Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery
Stacy D. Kitahata, Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship
Jeannette & Larry Larson, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Abbot Genjo Marinello, Dai Bai Zan Cho Bo Zen Temple
The Rev. Dr. Marcia Patton, Evergreen Baptist Association
Tim Nafziger, Anabaptist Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery
Michael Ramos, Church Council of Greater Seattle
The Rev. B. Kirby Unti, Bishop, NW Washington Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
* affiliations for identification purposes only
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