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Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples Workshop

Sunday, March 21, 2021
12:30 pm2:30 pm

Would you like to participate in the Friends Meeting of Washington Peace and Social Concerns Committtee's "Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples" workshop via Zoom on Sunday, March 21, 12:30 to 2:30 pm EASTERN time? The workshop is free and open to all, especially people in the DMV area, but can only accommodate up to 60 participants.

The workshop is designed and led by members of the Friends Peace Teams' Toward Right Relationship workgroup and is appropriate for high school students and adults. In this 2-hour participatory workshop, up to 60 participants will get to hear the story of the colonization of this land in the words of Indigenous leaders, Euro-American leaders, and Western historians. We will take part in the story through experiential exercises, and share our responses and reflections in small groups. Together, we will also explore steps that non-Native people can take to build relationships with Native peoples today based on truth, respect, and justice. (Please be prepared to take part the whole time, sitting in a quiet place, and with your camera on, as a way to make the learning community more personal.) For more information, please see the Toward Right Relationship workgroup's website.

Jerilyn DeCoteau is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota and is a founding member and co-coordinator of Right Relationship Boulder, and she was instrumental in establishing Boulder’s Indigenous Peoples Day. She currently serves as Chief Justice for the Pueblo of San Ildefonso Supreme Court. She does consulting on issues of tribal governance, capacity building, and the legacy of the Indian boarding schools. Kat Griffith is a writer, activist, and former educator. She serves as clerk of the Winnebago Worship Group (under the care of Madison Friends Meeting) and is co-clerk of Northern Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Kat is a Spanish interpreter for Friends World Consultation Committee and a frequent writer for Friends Journal. She has facilitated "Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples" workshops for youth and adults for several years.

Kevin Abourezk serves as managing editor for, a Native American news website. He has spent 21 years as a professional journalist, including 18 years as a reporter and editor for the Lincoln Journal Star. He is an enrolled citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and a married father of five children. He lives and works in Lincoln, Nebraska. is owned and operated by Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development corporation for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. Annette Brickley is a science education consultant living in Mattapoisett, MA (territory of the Wampanoag nation).

“The thoughtful way that you presented this information made it so much more powerful.”
"Wow - that was an excellent workshop. Best zoom educational experience I have had!"
“I've known and thought about indigenous peoples' history for a long time. Now what I can do is much more in the forefront of my mind.”
"This is a wonderful model for fostering conversations that lead to more understanding among peoples."

"Everything that went into this experience and the presentation is so deeply meaningful."

"This workshop is the tool I’ve been searching for to begin imagining a new way forward.”

We acknowledge with humility, that the land where our Meeting House sits, and where we worship together, borders the territory of the Nacotchtank (na-COTCH-tank) ( people, for whom the Anacostia River is named. The Nacotchtank lived in a thriving, fortified settlement, based on agriculture, hunting, and trade. As white colonists moved in, bringing with them violence and European diseases, the Nacotchtank people moved briefly to Anacostine Island, which is now Theodore Roosevelt Island. As conditions worsened, many Nacotchtank people ended up in Canada, but some moved and remained in Maryland as part of the Piscataway Indian Tribe.

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