On Sunday November 8, 2020 the EPA CoNAM hosted Donna Fann-Boyle Choctaw-Cherokee, Ramona Ioronhiaa Woods Mohawk, and Arla Patch Ally of the Coalition of Natives and Allies to speak with us about Race Based Mascots. The recording begins with the Acknowledgment of the Land, moves to an opening prayer and an opening song which can be used in local churches.
This is a link to the recording of the presentation and Q & A session can be seen HERE
Additional Links Shared During the meeting:
Our Presenters and more info to get involved: https://www.coalitionofnativesandallies.org/
More on Native American Heritage Month: https://www.ncai.org/initiatives/native-american-heritage-month
TED TALK on Mascot Issue MAULIAN DANA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVAdGXrU60w
More than a Word documentary. More Than A Word analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term R*dskins. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, More Than A Word presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the Washington team name. The documentary also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation. http://morethanawordfilm.com/
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F7UOSU0/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
To learn more about ICWA, Blood Memory is the documentary about Sandy White Hawk, a trans-racial adoptee and ICWA www.BloodMemoryDoc.com
Proud To Be video from National Congress of American Indians (NCAI): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR-tbOxlhvE
Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDshQTBh5d4&feature=youtu.be
Opportunities to give back: Native American Ministries Sunday UMC: https://www.resourceumc.org/en/churchwide/umcgiving/special-sundays
EPA CoNAM resources: https://www.epaumc.org/ministry/racial-ethnic/native-american/
I have learned to keep quiet and just listen and you will learn a lot. - EPA CoNAM chairperson emeritus and non-Native Bob Hinderliter
After many of us logged off, he shared stories that exemplified that if we take the time to learn even more, people will come to trust us. As we heard from our presenters, Ally is a verb. We have the knowledge. We have the resources. We cannot feign innocence or ignorance. Let us begin the work of decolonizing and dismantling these harmful racist actions.