TRR Resources and Actions

By Paula Palmer

Support Treaty Rights and Water Protectors at Line 3 Protests

Last weekend through June 8, several thousand volunteer Water Protectors are gathered in northern Minnesota to uphold treaty rights and Native sovereignty and to protest the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline. The pipeline route travels through the treaty territory of Anishinaabe peoples, crossing wetlands and the headwaters of the Mississippi River before culminating at the shore of Lake Superior. Toward Right Relationship workshop facilitators from various parts of the country are participating in this Treaty Peoples Gathering. As you are able, please support all the Water Protectors with your prayers and donations. Learn about this Indigenous-led movement here

Support Investigations and Healing for Indian Boarding Schools in Canada and the US

For decades, First Nations people in Canada testified that hundreds of children who had been taken to residential schools never returned. They reported murders and secret burials, but government and church authorities largely ignored their pleas to find their children. Last week’s “discovery” of a mass grave with the remains of 215 Native children, some as young as 3 years old, confirmed Native people’s testimonies and “shocked” a citizenry that had turned a blind eye to their entreaties. The revelations put new pressure on the Catholic Church, which operated the Kamloops Residential School, and the Canadian government to investigate other potential burial sites and to support healing processes led by the Indigenous communities.

In the U.S., the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition has faced similar stonewalling when they sought government records about more than 100,000 Native children who were taken away from their families and forced to attend military-style boarding schools. Visit the Coalition’s website and register for their excellent free webinars. See this article in Indian Country Today. Toward Right Relationship’s co-director Jerilyn DeCoteau (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) is a past president of the Coalition’s board of directors. Please reply to this email if you would like to invite Jerilyn to give a slide presentation about the history and ongoing impacts of the boarding schools.

Last year, Senator Elizabeth Warren and then-Representative Deb Haaland introduced a bill to create a Truth and Healing Commission to study the ongoing impacts of government policies of forced assimilation of Native American children. Last year’s bill was not passed, but we expect Senator Warren to introduce a similar bill this year. Please be ready to support this legislation.

Upcoming Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples Workshops – InPerson and Online

With Covid safety restrictions beginning to relax, we are starting to receive requests to facilitate in-person TRR workshops again. We are eager to do this as long as host organizations and TRR workshop facilitators agree on health safety measures during in-person workshops. If you would like to host a TRR workshop in your community or organization, please contact paulaRpalmer(at)gmail(dot)com.

We will continue offering the workshops online too. Individuals can register here for “Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples” workshops June 13 and August 21. If your organization or faith community would like to host an online workshop, please contact paulaRpalmer(at)gmail(dot)com.

We greatly appreciate your support for our work. If you would like to make a secure online donation, click here and select Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples. Or mail a check to Friends Peace Teams-TRR (and please write TRR on the memo line), 1001 Park Ave., St. Louis MO 63104. Thank you, and thanks for all the ways you work to build right relationships in your community.

Summer Travel? Visit Native American Sites and Programs

Many Native nations and organizations invite tourists to visit and learn from them. See resources offered by the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA). AIANTA provides technical assistance and training to Tribal nations and Native-owned enterprises engaged in tourism, hospitality and recreation. Its mission: “To define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors traditions and values.”

Museum of the American Indian