This Sunday, Doctrine of Discovery – the domination code

miki soos logoThis Sunday, Nov. 15th, Agnes Williams of Indigenous Women’s Initiatives (IWI) will facilitate a discussion following the showing of “The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code.” The DVD shows “a story of historical truth, spirituality, and resistance, told on behalf of the original nations and peoples of Great Turtle Island and elsewhere on Mother Earth. We are still here and still rightfully free.”

Even today, in 2015, Chief Justice John Marshall’s distinction between “Christian people” and “heathens” in Johnson v. M’Intosh (1823) is still treated by the U.S. Supreme Court as valid law for the United States. The Supreme Court has used the claimed right of Christian discovery and domination in the Johnson ruling as its underlying rationale for every ruling that it has handed down since 1823 regarding original nations.

The Interfaith Peace Network of WNY showed this film recently to much acclaim. It is based on Steven T. Newcomb’s book, Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery. Newcomb co-produced it and is featured prominently in it. Directed by Sheldon P. Wolfchild; narrated by Buffy Sainte-Marie.

At our Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072, 4-6 p.m. (+ potluck). All welcome.

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