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Repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery
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  • Doctrine of Discovery: In the Name of Christ,” Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery: A movement of Anabaptist people of faith. This 43-minute documentary has three parts: history of the Doctrine of Discovery and its basis in Christian theology and scripture, living the Doctrine of Discovery, and undoing the Doctrine of Discovery. Accompanying study guide.
  • In the White Man’s Image,” PBS. In the White Man’s Image examines how the humanist experiment to “civilize” native populations through boarding schools was actually cultural genocide in disguise.
  • The National Film Board of Canada’s Indigenous Cinema catalogue.
  • Neither Wolf Nor Dog”, Dir. Steven Lewis Simpson, staring Dave Bald Eagle, Christopher Sweeney, Richard Ray Whitman.
  • Promised Land” is an award-winning social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they’ve long been denied.
  • Real Rent Duwamish: stand in solidarity with First Peoples by making rent payments to the Duwamish Tribe.
  • Reserve 107: Reconciliation on the Prairies, Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan and St. Johns Lutheran Church ELCIC. Indigenous rights and title to the land remains a taboo topic for many across Canada, but in the small town of Laird, Saskatchewan, an old injustice is providing new opportunities for dialogue, friendship and a fierce determination to right the wrongs of the past.
  • White Bison, “The Wellbriety Journey to Forgiveness.” The historical trauma of the Indian Boarding School Era, and the journey toward awareness, dialogue and forgiveness among Native peoples.
  • Three Historical Native Americans You Should Know About – Vision Maker Media shares the stories of Chief Standing Bear who fought for the rights of Native people, Susan La Flesche Picotte who was the first Native American woman to become a physician in the US, and Ishi who was the last of the Yahi People.


  • A Vision of Partnership and Unity: A guide to ministry with American Indian and Alaska Native people, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the United Church of Christ and the ELCA.
  • Robert Miller, Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Manifest Destiny, Bison Books, 2008.
  • Steven Newcomb, Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery, Fulcrum Publishing, 2008.
  • Gary Roberts, Massacre at Sand Creek: How Methodists Were Involved in an American Tragedy, Abingdon Press, 2016.
  • Roy Wilson (Yakama Nation), Native American Liberation Theology: Healing For Both The Oppressed And The Oppressor, C S S Publishing Company, 1997.
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