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Peace, Justice, and Reparations: 2018 Seattle Mennonite Church Peace Lecture

January 28

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Waziyatawin is a Dakota writer, teacher, and activist from the Pezihutazizi Otunwe (Yellow Medicine Village) in southwestern Minnesota.  She earned her PhD in American History from Cornell University and has held tenured positions at Arizona State University and the University of Victoria where she also served as the Indigenous Peoples Research Chair in the Indigenous Governance Program. Waziyatawin has been working for Upper Sioux’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office since 2016, serving as the THP Officer in 2016-17, conducting traditional cultural property surveying and monitoring work, and most recently, completing a major history project for her community. She is also Executive Director of the Dakota nonprofit Makoce Ikikcupi, a reparative justice project supporting Dakota reclamation of homeland. Committed to sustainability and simplicity, she is been experimenting with these concepts in her personal life. She is the author or co/editor of six volumes, including What Does Justice Look Like? The Struggle for Liberation in Dakota Homeland (Living Justice Press, 2008) and For Indigenous Minds Only: A Decolonization Handbook (SAR Press, 2012), edited with Michael Yellow Bird.

John Stoesz spent 30 years working in program and executive director roles for faith based agencies. These include the Dallas Peace Center, Greater Dallas Community of Churches, Metropolitan Christian Council of Philadelphia, Mennonite Central Committee Central States and Camp Mennoscah. He now devotes much of his time to two passions: riding his recumbent tricycle and Native American justice. Minnesota is his home state and Mountain Lake is his hometown. In 2012 his family sold his grandparents farm near Mountain Lake. Since this was Dakota homeland before white settlement, he donated half the sale amount from his portion to Native groups working for land justice. Most went to Makoce Ikikcupi(Land Recovery in the Dakota language). In 2013 he pedaled his trike 2,000 miles through 40 Minnesota counties to raise awareness about Dakota land return. He continues to spend significant time on awareness raising and fundraising among white people about colonization, decolonization, solidarity and reparations. He is a member of the Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Coalition – a network of Mennonites working to undo this horrible injustice.


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