Conservation and Decolonization

It’s almost summer and many of us will be traveling to the U.S.’s national parks for vacation and recreation. In this episode, Sarah and Sheri talk about how the formation of our national parks, the conservation movement that inspired their formation, and colonization have gone hand in hand. They also talk about how conservation could be decolonized.

 

For more information:
Link to The Atlantic article, “Return the National Parks to the Tribes” by David Treuer
* https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/05/return-the-national-parks-to-the-tribes/618395/
Statistics from Cultural Survival can be found here.
* https://www.culturalsurvival.org/publications/cultural-survival-quarterly/conservation-policy-and-indigenous-peoples

Redistricting and the Doctrine of Discovery

In this episode, Sarah and Sheri talk about Sarah’s experience of serving as chair of the Washington State Redistricting Commission and the impact of that redistricting process on Native people.

Beyond Electric Cars and Renewable Energy

In this episode, Sarah and Sheri talk about  why renewable energy and electric cars and green growth won’t save us – and how these things are linked to the same extractive, dominating worldview of the Doctrine of Discovery.

For more information:

  • Link to Jason Hickel’s book Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World
  • Link to Jason Hickel’s article, “Degrowth is About Global Justice”
  • See chapters 7 and 8 of Sarah’s book, This Land Is Not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery for more information on extraction and the impact it has on Indigenous communities. – 
  • See this article about exponential growth and how our ignorance of it causes problems from how we deal with COVID to the climate crisis
  • This video talks about the difficulty of electrifying all sources of transportation, such as rail, shipping and air. 
  • This article talks about the growing scarcity of sand, which is the world’s most consumed raw material after water.
  • See this article for information about the San Carlos Apache’s fight to save Oak Flat from copper mining.
  • This article talks about the “decoupling delusion” – that is, decoupling GDP growth from resource and energy use.

Unsettling Truths: An Interview with Mark Charles

In this episode, Sarah and Sheri talk with activist, author and Dine leader Mark Charles, who wrote Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery with co-author Soong-Chan Rah.  For two years, Mark led an Indigenous and settler church in Denver before moving to live on the Navajo reservation with his family for 11 years. While on the reservation, Mark became exposed to, began studying and eventually started teaching about the Doctrine of Discovery. But Creator also placed on his heart a desire for truth and conciliation. Six years ago, Mark and his family moved from the Navajo Nation to Washington, D.C., and in 2020 he ran as an independent candidate for President of the United States.

For more information:

  • Wirelesshogan.com: Mark’s website, with links to his book, videos, podcasts, other writings and Patreon page
  • Link to Mark’s Youtube channel, “A Second Cup of Coffee”

Indigenous Cosmologies and Anabaptist Faith

In this episode Sarah and Sheri talk about how Indigenous cosmologies have helped form Sarah’s Christian faith and how we both have adopted a creation-centered approach to being an Anabaptist Christian.

 

Stories of Repair: An Interview with Katerina Friesen

Sarah and Sheri talk with Katerina Friesen. Katerina was the lead editor for an educational resource called “Stories of Repair” that provides case studies on how individuals and communities have engaged in restorative justice in response to the Doctrine of Discovery DofD). For anyone who has ever asked “But what do I do?” when hearing about the structural oppression caused by the DoD, this podcast – and the “Stories of Repair” booklet are for you.

For more information:
To learn more about “Stories of Repair” and get a copy, go to https://dofdmenno.org/stories-of-repair/.
https://www.saveoakflatws.com
To learn more about our work, please read Sarah’s book, The Land is Not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery, published by Herald Press in 2021.

In case you missed them – corrected links

In case the links from the previous episode didn’t work here they are one more time.

Sources:
Chapter 7 of Sarah’s book This Land is Not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery.

As always, for more information please consult dofdmenno.org and Sarah’s book.

To make a one-time donation to the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition to fund a full-time salary for Sarah, please go here. Please designate your donation for “Sarah’s salary campaign.”

To find out how much money you make annually from mining, check out this blog post from First Mennonite Church of San Francisco. If you are able to make an annual pledge, email the Coalition with that amount at mennosdismantlingthedofd@gmail.com.

Follow the Money: Colonization Continues

In this episode, Sarah pulls back the curtain to reveal how colonization is continuing — legally — through economic development projects (including “sustainable” development), international aid and through our own financial investments. We also discuss what people of faith can do about this.

Sources:

  • Chapter 7 of Sarah’s book This Land is Not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery.
  • As always, for more information please consult dofdmenno.org and Sarah’s book.
  • To make a one-time donation to the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition to fund a full-time salary for Sarah, please go here. Please designate your donation for “Sarah’s salary campaign.”
  • To find out how much money you make annually from mining, check out this blog post from First Mennonite Church of San Francisco. If you are able to make an annual pledge, email the Coalition with that amount at mennosdismantlingthedofd@gmail.com.

 

Ask an Indian, Part Two

Have you ever had a question you wanted to ask a Native American but were too embarrassed to ask? In this recurring episode, Sarah answers your questions. In this episode, questions including:

  • What do you think about the movie Pocahontas?
  • If a child will be adopted out to a loving family, why doesn’t it matter if the family isn’t Native?
  • Aren’t Native Americans immigrants also? They moved around a lot, too.
  • Can I become Indigenous to my place by going back to the land or loving the earth or doing ecological restoration?
  • My great grandmother was Native American, so I have “Indian blood.” So am I considered Native American?
  • Why do so many people claim to be Cherokee, like Elizabeth Warren?
  • Is wearing Indian jewelry or hanging a dream catcher, etc. cultural appropriation?

Sources:

  • Indian Child Welfare Act: For more information, listen to episode 7 of this podcast, which is all about ICWA.

If you want to submit a question or two for a future episode, please do so at mennosdismantlingthedofd@gmail.com.

Ask An Indian, Part One

Have you ever had a question you wanted to ask a Native American but were too embarrassed to ask? In this recurring episode, Sarah answers your questions. In this episode, questions include:

Do Native calls for land return mean that I have to give up my home?

Doesn’t federal aid form an unhealthy dependency between the government and Indians?

Are casinos bad or good?

A friend has asked me to resist the Line 3 pipeline. But I know Native people who are in favor of the pipeline. Shouldn’t I wait to get involved until all Native people agree?

What about the Cleveland Indians?

Sources:
Shoshone tribe of Death Valley: https://indiancountrytoday.com/archive/native-americans-who-found-life-in-death-valley
Lakota land recovery organization: https://makoceikikcupi.com
Chief Wahoo and the Cleveland Indians: https://www.cleveland19.com/2021/07/23/indigenous-groups-respond-indians-name-change/

If you want to submit a question or two for a future episode, please do so at mennosdismantlingthedofd@gmail.com.