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Take Action: Justice for Native Peoples
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Volunteer/Conduct a Supply Drive

  • Re-Member: Join a one-week volunteer work project on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, either as an individual or as a group from your congregation.
  • Backpacks for Pine Ridge: Donate school supplies to Backpacks for Pine Ridge, serving the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the poorest place in America. See Education for more information on this topic.
  • Pretty Bird Woman House: This women's shelter and education program on Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota can always use financial contributions as well as material donations of diapers, shampoo, towels and washcloths, sheets and blankets, etc. More information is available on their blog.

Split the Plate to Support a Native Organization

Financial support is by far one of the most desperately needed ways you can help underfunded Native organizations. Consider doing a service centered around Native issues and donating the collection plate to an organization working for the needs of Native populations. Build or deepen your congregation’s relationship to such organizations in your area, and find out from them other ways you can help, connect, and collaborate.

A prime opportunity for such a service is Indigenous Peoples Day. As you plan your service, check out check out worship planning tools from Multicultural Growth & Witness.

Education and Congregational Life

There are many ways you can take action to engage with issues of justice for native peoples within your congregation, either before or in conjunction with extending your ministry outward. Check out ten ways to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day and how to take action on the Doctrine of Discovery for some powerful ideas.

Examples include learning about your local Native context and history, incorporating education on Native lives and cultures into your religious education programming, holding a movie screening or a congregation-wide common read, or engaging with Building the World We Dream About, a curriculum on race and ethnicity.

You can also check out Potential Unitarian Universalist Initiatives for Action About American Indians (PDF, 6 pages), a 2008 resource by James W. Loewen (author of Lies My Teacher Told Me and Sundown Towns) that suggests ways for Unitarian Universalist congregations to carry out social justice work regarding Native justice issues.

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