Monthly Archives: May 2012

Imagination into reality?

So, today I suddenly was deluged with a miracle.   Because there’s a meeting which can or cannot ring effective….people are here in the UN arena….passionate….committed….open…..ready…hoping….kind and hopeful. Today, they suddenly happened into my office.   And things started to happen. I often don’t feel like I have the wisdom to know what’s going on. […]

Soul Stories

I assure you, I will write later. I just wish you all could be here to hear all of these stories. My head is pounding with the injustices of the world. My God, what a terrible, and yet, beautiful world we have. I must think of happy things right now. Once you hear the story […]

Building Theatre and Community

Sometimes these two sisters, Hortencia and Elvira Colorado, get tired of the struggle. So the two rely on their theater company, the Coatlicue Theatre Company, founded 25 years ago, to energize them. The two women are attending the Indigenous Forum at the United Nations to bring attention to the continuing plight of their people who […]

Bearing Witness

A vigil for those who have died as a result of their community activism around extractive industry;  just the latest form of “discovery” rights, privileges, policies founded on gross injustice.

Statement delivered by Jalisa Ross on May 9, 2012 to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Distinguished Chair, Your Excellencies, and Esteemed Colleagues: My name is Jalisa Ross, from the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church. I thank you for this moment to share with you some of our work as The Methodist Church, but also to hold them accountable for their work around the Doctrine of Discovery. […]


My apologies for not posting in a few days, so much has happened. It all seems like a whirlwind of activity around me, as I stand still to observe. Well, the Forum has convened and hopefully I will get to speak sometime this week! Haha. I have been listening and observing, for more than seven […]

The Doctrine of Discovery

The “Doctrine of Discovery” , discussed at this Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the U.N.,  is a conceptual framework for what indigenous peoples have experienced and continue to experience over the past 600 years.    The Doctrine of Discovery, they articulate, started in the 1400s when the Pope at that time determined that those who […]