Indigenous and Native People

Indigenous and Native People



March 27, 2019

Members of the South Dakota National Guard help distribute water on the Pine Ridge Reservation March 25 after flooding damaged a main waterline in Oglala County that left more than 8,000 residents without water. Photo: South Dakota National...

October 29, 2018

By: The Rev. Canon Heather L. Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering

“Every day (is) a day of thanksgiving to the Wampanoag. … (We) give thanks to the dawn of the new day, at the end of the day, to the sun, to the moon, for rain for helping crops grow. … There (is) always something to be thankful for. ... Giving thanks comes naturally for the Wampanoag. With...

September 17, 2018

UNCSW in March

In March, 2018, a small group of Indigenous young adults attended the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York.  Here are two reflections from those who were there.

Hello, my name is Caressa James:

I am a member of the Whirlwind Mission in...

February 16, 2018

By: The Rev. Dr. Bradley S. Hauff

I want to begin by saying that it is an honor and privilege to serve as the Indigenous Missioner for the Episcopal Church.  When I officially began my duties in February of last year I felt somewhat unqualified and unprepared for the daunting task.  I remember Bishop Charleston saying to me, “...

January 8, 2018

[Episcopal News Service] A century-old bell was ripped from its tower at an Episcopal mission church in South Dakota sometime around the beginning of the year, and Rosebud Episcopal Mission has a message for the thieves: Bring the bell back, and all is forgiven.

“If the thief/thieves...

December 3, 2017

An interfaith delegation gathers in November at Bears Ears National Monument to call on the Trump administration to maintain the more than a million protected acres. Photo: The Rev. Andrew Block, via New Mexico Wildlife Federation

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September 24, 2017

Episcopal bishops and residents of Venetie, Alaska, gather Sept. 23 at the bank of the Chandalar River to bless the water, land and people. Venetie was one of eight villages in the Alaska Interior visited by different groups of bishops, who are attending the fall House of Bishops meeting in...

August 16, 2017

[Anglican Communion News Service] The “doctrine of discovery” – the idea that indigenous people need to be discovered and westernized – has been criticized by the national indigenous bishop of Canada. Bishop Mark MacDonald made his comments during a visit to Australia, where he attended a...

July 11, 2017

This Maori Anglican flag hangs in the office of North Dakota Bishop Michael Smith, a gift to Smith from a Maori bishop in 2003. Aotearoa is the Maori word for New Zealand, meaning “land of the long white cloud.” Photo: Michael Smith

[Episcopal News Service] Bishop Michael Smith of the...

June 26, 2017

The Red Shirt Project brought a missionary team from the Los Angeles area to Red Shirt Table, South Dakota, to help with the 145th Niobrara Convocation, from June 22 to 25. The project was created by the Rev. Michael Cunningham, in a black shirt and seated, and the Rev. Robert Two Bulls Jr.,...


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