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Indigenous organization seeks church partners for truth telling, healing around Indian boarding school trauma

(Crossposted with permission from the Healing Minnesota Stories blog)


Part of an ongoing series on healing and reparations

Can you remember when you were 8 years old, somewhere around third grade? Put yourself in that frame of mind.

Script notice

In 2020 Healing Minnesota Stories adapted the Sacred Sites Tour into a documentary script. That script is available to view at the Minnesota Council of Churches offices during regular business hours. If you want to read the script please make an appointment by contacting Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs.


Land Acknowledgment of the Minnesota Council of Churches

The Minnesota Council of Churches acknowledges that we are located on the ancestral homeland of the Dakota People. We are in close proximity to the territories of the Anishinabe and Ho-Chunk peoples. This land has been stewarded as a living relative by the Dakota for generations. The United States government effectively stole this land from the Dakota people through a series of unjust treaties and broken promises, followed by targeted efforts of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and forced removal.

Welcome to two new member communions!

Two new communions have moved to manifest the unity of the body of Christ and build the common good in the world by joining the now-27 historic black, traditional peace, Orthodox, Pentacostal and Protestant judicatories that make up the Minnesota Council of Churches. We are proud to grow in membership and to recognize our unity with the Presbytery of Dakota and the Communion of Holy Christian Churches.


Presbytery of Dakota, Presbyterian Church (USA)

Pastor Fern Cloud, Stated Clerk


Federal Government to Return (Some) Stolen Lands to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

(cross-posted from Scott Russell at Healing Minnesota Stories blog)


The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe holds less of its original reservation lands than any other Ojibwe tribe in Minnesota. In fact, Leech Lake suffered more land loss than most other reservations in the United States due the efforts by lumber barons to get their hands on the band’s prized timber lands.

An interfaith Clergy Prayer for the Pandemic

Interfaith Clergy Offer a Pandemic Prayer


Since March we, the heads of communion and executives whose congregations and clergy represent over 1,000,000 Minnesotans of faith, have been in regular contact with each other. We face a deadly threat that thrives when we behave like everything is normal. We have shared the pressing concerns of communities who have been most impacted by this virus. In recent weeks we have felt greater urgency about our deepening crisis.