Volunteer NAF

Come Celebrate

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

with us at

Wilshire Native American Fellowship

3917 NE Shaver Street, Portland

(Corner of NE Cesar E. Chavez and Shaver)

Monday, October 8, 2018

Gathering Starts at 1:30 p.m.

Soup and Bread Supper Provided

Main Speakers:

Christine Dupres (Cowlitz/Cree) and

Mark Charles (Navajo)


NEWSFLASH — we’ve been lied to by American public schools since we were children! America (Turtle Island) was not “discovered” in 1492 when Columbus sailed the ocean blue. In fact, Columbus never landed anywhere close to what is now the United States.
Native Americans know the truth. Turtle Island has been home to native peoples since time immemorial — for at least 13,000 years even according to accepted dominant scientific discoveries, which is long before Europeans arrived on this continent. However, this still is surprising information to many of our friends and neighbors, and one of the reasons we celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day is to inform and educate our community about Native Americans’ rich ancestral past.
Although he did not “discover” America, the arrival of Columbus was the start of colonization in the New World, with all of the historical/intergenerational trauma that entails. He and his men were not heroes; they raped and murdered and stole from the natives, and treated them as slaves. For these and many other reasons, a movement has spread across Turtle Island to eliminate “Columbus Day” and replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
This national holiday celebrates indigenous peoples — their spirituality, histories, cultures, and traditions before contact with Europeans, their struggle to survive in the face of planned genocide by the American government, and their determination to thrive in this current reality. We want to share the truth about the past, and the richness of the many diverse contemporary Native American cultures, with our friends and neighbors.
We invite everyone to come celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with us at Wilshire Native American Fellowship! It’s going to be amazing! This year we have two outstanding speakers: Christine Dupres (Cowlitz/Cree), Ph.D, will speak about local context, history, and realities. (See her bio below.) Mark Charles (Navajo), from Washington, D.C., will share a Native perspective on immigration reform. (See his bio below.)
For our Wilshire congregation — please come prepared to share your famous welcoming hospitality with our guests. We’ll have sign-up sheets at church next week, so start thinking now about how you want to help!
Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day
1:00-1:30PM — Gathering, Ceremony, Special Music
1:30-3:00PM — Dr. Christine Dupres (Cowlitz/Cree) – Local Context, History, and Realities
3:30-5:00PM — Mark Charles (Navajo) – A Native Perspective on Immigration Reform
5:00-5:45PM — Q & A (Christine and Mark)
5:45-7:00PM — Hospitality (Snacks, Soup and Bread Supper, Special Music)
7:00-9:00PM — Mark Charles – Doctrine of Discovery
Main Speakers:
Christine Dupres (Cowlitz/Cree) and
Mark Charles (Navajo)
Christine Dupres (Cowlitz/Cree), Ph.D., is a writer, teacher, Native citizen and a tribal elected leader for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe of southwestern Washington. She has worked for the past seven years as a consultant and business owner, helping non-profit and foundations with tricky issues like how to collaborate and cultivate leaders. She is the author of Being Cowlitz: How One Tribe Renewed and Sustained Its Identity (University of Washington Press), and is working on a new book about tribal identity, land, and culture. She taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oregon, and still teaches social justice, race justice, and communication at the Portland Underground Graduate School. Currently, she works as the Major Gifts Officer at the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), a place she adores. NAYA is located in Portland, Oregon.
Mark Charles (Navajo) is a dynamic and thought-provoking public speaker, writer, and consultant. The son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man, he speaks with insight into the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and conciliation for the nation. Mark serves as the Washington DC correspondent and regular columnist for Native News Online and is the author of the popular blog “Reflections from the Hogan.” He served on the board of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and is a former Board of Trustee member of the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRCNA). Mark also consults with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW), has served as the pastor of the Christian Indian Center in Denver CO and is a founding partner of a national conference for Native students called “Would Jesus Eat Frybread?” (CRU, IVCF and CICW) Mark is active on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram under the username: wirelesshogan.
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