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The ELCA continues to provide learning opportunities through the Truth and Healing Movement. Scroll down to the Upcoming Events section.

March 12: Along with EcoFaith folks, we will be at the Capital for the Rise and Repair Lobby and Rally Day 2024. See eNEws for details!

May 5: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women/Relatives: Wear red all day and check out our table before or after worship for resources to support your learning and advocacy. (idea: license plate)

June: ECLC field trip to Hoċokata Ṫi’s (pronounced 'ho-cho-ka-ta tee') and a guided tour of their public exhibit, Mdewakanton: Dwellers of the Spirit Lake. Date will be announced soon!

September 30: Orange Shirt Day commemorates the lives of so many Indigenous children who were taken from home and family. Learn more from the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. Purchase a shirt before the late summer rush here

To trace our initial education emphasis during the fall of 2022, you can access lists of curated resources and activities below. Use them to broaden your understanding of our Indigenous neighbors, the sovereign nations who were here before European settlers took over their land. 

In spite of the U.S. government’s and the Church’s intentional, systemic attempts to exterminate their life-ways, their languages, their cultures, and their religions, Indigenous People are still here and are our neighbors. 

This kind of history calls for the long and difficult work of justice, confession and healing, hoping to rebuild the respect and honor our Indigenous neighbors deserve as sovereign nations and children of God. 

For Christian white people, “doing the work” is a baptismal calling, and expresses the mission of our congregation: to give witness to love and justice at God’s welcome table and in the world.


Injustice legitimized by the Doctrine of Discovery spread across centuries and geographies. In the US, treaties almost always forced Indigenous people from their homelands.How might we, who now occupy these lands, acknowledge this history and act in ways that move us toward justice?

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Indigenous peoples have a long history as storytellers. Take time this week to listen to some of these contemporary storytellers.

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There are many opportunities to advocate for a better way. The insidiousness of the assumptions driven by the Doctrine of Discovery manifested in the late 19th Century and forward as Indian Boarding Schools. Indigenous children were taken from their families and sent to boarding schools which forbade their language and other cultural expressions. In our day, Indigenous people continue to disappear, too often murdered, proportinately far more often than other groups. These are just two justice issues that call for our attention.

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Our county's history with its Indigenous peoples is a record too often unknown because it is too often unspoken. 
Begin with the Doctrine of Discovery
Let learning open your heart.

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Our Indigenous neighbors are taking some fascinating approaches to their own health and wellbeing, 
returning to the foods that sustained them for thousands of years before their economies were destroyed 
when our government used treaties to take the land that had sustained them.  

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We acknowledge that Edina Community Lutheran Church is located on the traditional, ancestral and contemporary lands of the Dakhóta Oyáte*, the Dakota nation. Treaties developed through exploitation and violence were broken.  Tribes were forced to exist on ever smaller amounts of land.   
Acknowledging this painful history, we as a congregation confess our complicity in the theft of Native land and acknowledge that we have not yet honored our treaties. We further confess that Christians and Christian churches have benefited from this land theft. We commit to being active advocates for justice for Native People and to truth telling that leads to healing.