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Colonization

Amah Mutsun’s Letter to Pope Francis

Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Costanoan/Ohlone Indians, wrote a poignant letter to Pope Francis sharing a Native perspective on why Junipero Serra should not be named a Saint. February 24, 2015 Re: Open Letter to Pope Francis, Your Holiness, Pope Francis, My name is Valentin Lopez and I am the Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. Our historic and continuous Tribe is comprised of the d...
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In Our Languages. Voices on Missions.

California Indian voices on what Missions represent ‘akkwet horše k-hinnan, kiš sohyen k-hinnan ‘aa ‘e hemme mákkin — My heart is sad on me, oh but we are alive still. Chochenyo Ohlone Vincent Medina   pachu attap waS aa mishshix rumsen rottey. inn kuwee makk emmen. — Now it is good to be Rumsen again. But we will not forget. Rumsen Ohlone Louis Trevino   May’ hedda’ hoyu...
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COMMON AND INSTITUTIONAL SAINTS

COMMON AND INSTITUTIONAL SAINTS Written by Ursula K. Le Guin Reading about the imminent canonization of Junipero Serra I want to tear my hair and shout at the Catholic Church and its clever pope, “How can you call this religious conquistador, this cruel bigot, this terrible man, a saint?” Maybe I can calm down by considering what the word “saint” means. In daily life, in ordinary speech, a saint is a notably kind, pa...
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