Maka kin Wowahwa Un Kte- Translated from the Lakota Language to mean “Peace on Earth”
“When the white man came, we had the land and they had the Bibles, now they have the land and we have the Bibles.” -Dan George (1899-1920) Native American. Attributed; Quotationary, Leonard Loyd Frank
The government tries to “Americanize the Indians- “The Indians, the first Americans, had once claimed all the North American continent as their own. By 1890 their conquerors had stripped them of most of their land and their freedom. They had also confined the Indians to reservations.” –Rise of the American Nation, page 426, HBJ (Used in Brandon, Vermont Public High School)
“we-cho-nee” Lakota/Sioux language meaning “Life” HECEL LENA OYATE KIN NIPI KTE – “THAT THESE PEOPLE MAY LIVE” -Wiconi International www.wiconi.com Among the friends and staff of Wiconi International, our hope is to inspire in people a vision that the possibility exists to experience genuine hope and confidence for a better life in our broken world. As we seek to live and walk among the people “in a good way” by following the ways of Jesus– affirming, respecting and embracing the God-given cultural realities of Native/Indigenous people, not rejecting or demonizing them, we believe we will bring words of hope and life!
“Imperialism refers to the practice of forming and maintaining as empire through military, political, or economic conquest. … Although our nation was founded on the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the story of how Native Americans were relentlessly forced to abandoned their homes and lands and move into Indian territories to make room for American states is a story of arrogance, greed, and raw military power. … We have violated over three hundred treaties which we signed protecting the rights of American Indians.” Secession, Thomas H. Naylor
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” – Chief Seattle, Suquuamish Tribe (1854).
Encyclical: Pacem in terries An encyclical was originally a circular letter sent to all the churches of a particular area in the ancient Roman Church.