Event for Indigenous Peoples Day
Saturday, October 7 – 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church
201 Fourth Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
The events in Charlottesville, VA remind us that we who live in the United States of America stand for peace, for the rights of all people to participate in our democracy, and for right relationships between all people. One group that has been ignored for a long time are Native Americans. Instead of being ignored or treated as unimportant, we should make a special effort to re-establish peaceful relationships with these dual-citizens of America and their own nations. This begins with understanding.
On October 9th Washington, DC will celebrate Columbus Day. We will honor him as the person who “discovered” America,in spite of the fact that he never once set foot on North American soil. The Columbus Monument in Union Square, depicts Columbus looking down the avenue at the Capitol Building, with an American Indian crouching on the left behind a shield. This depiction reflects our attitude toward Native Americans, as less than American. (Stop by and look at this monument, if you can.)
This year we want to celebrate Indigenous People. We have selected Saturday, October 7th to do this. We are designating this day as Indigenous Peoples Day in Washington, DC. Many other cities and states will also celebrate this day. Please consider joining us.
Most know very little about Native Americans, the Indigenous People who lived in North America before Columbus – or any other “white” person – colonized this land. Our purpose is to have an event which describes the history of our relationship with Native Americans, in order to help us better understand this history and our relationship to these important groups of people.
The workshop, titled “Toward a Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples”, is a two-hour interactive experience designed to increase our appreciation of the important the role Native Americans have in the history of America. People who participate in this workshop leave with new understandings, some disturbing, which change their perspective of Native Americans.
We hope you will be able to join us on October 7th. Please invite your friends, including young people who are old enough to participate in a 2-hour historical presentation. We know that this will be a meaningful experience for all who attend.
This event is sponsored by the Native American Dialogue Group of the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church. Also endorsing this event are member churches of the Capitol Hill Group Ministry and other civic organizations. Their names will be displayed at the event.
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