This virtual gathering was broadcast live on Sunday, October 18th, 2020
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This program was centered on listening to Indigenous voices – along with acts of solidarity, interfaith prayers, and song from non-Indigenous allies.

Welcome by program host / MC  Rhonda Anderson — Iñupiaq-Athabascan      (2:08 listen)
   Commissioner of Indian Affairs for Western Massachusetts, co-founder of Ohketeau Cultural Center  
Opening Nipmuc prayer & song — Larry Spotted Crow Mann      (6:00 listen)
Land acknowledgment: David Brule — Nehantic, President of Nolumbeka Project      (4:40 listen)
   Spoken beside the Connecticut River at Unity Park in Turners Falls MA – near site of the 1676 Great Falls
& the 2004 Reconciliation Ceremony between Narragansett Tribe & the Town of Montague.
Call to justice: Sr. Clare Carter — New England Peace Pagoda   (7:50 listen)

Speaking truth:

John “Jim” Peters, Jr. — Massachusetts Commissioner of Indian Affairs      (15:40 listen)
   “400 year Wampanoag experience under European colonization”
(Note: due to technical issues in full program, Peters’ talk was delayed until following Rev. Gallagher’s talk.)
Rev. Kelly Gallagher – Southern New England UCC Justice & Witness Ministries      (13:00 listen)
   “European Christian belief in a God-given right to conquer, enslave, and kill Indigenous people”

Preserving cultures:

Bryan Blanchette — Nulhegan Abenaki musician    (6:00 listen)
   A new original song “Truth”
Larry Spotted Crow Mann — Nipmuc author, cultural educator, singer, co-founder of Ohketeau Cultural Center.
   “We are the Story of the Land. The Nipmuc People of Central and Western Massachusetts are still here and 
   continue to honor our culture.”       (22:00 listen)

Reclaiming land:

Stephanie Morningstar — Oneida, Executive Director of NEFOC Land Trust       (7:30 listen)
   “Recovering unceded Native lands across Turtle Island”
Leah Penniman — Soul Fire Farm
Reclaiming Afro-Indigenous Regenerative Farming Practices       (4:00 listen) 
   “Decolonized ways of growing food that collaborate with ecosystems, rooted in indigenous African
   & indigenous Turtle Island growing techniques”

Gaining respect:

Rhonda Anderson — Iñupiaq-Athabascan, Commissioner of Indian Affairs for Western Mass     (16:00 listen)
   “Respecting the Rights to Our Identity: Regaining control over our identities and representation”
Senator Jo Comerford — “The essential role that towns, faith communities, groups & individuals play in getting
   laws advancing Native rights & respect passed through the Legislature & signed by Governor”       (9:00 listen)

John Sheldon — musician. Song: “The Same Water”       (8:30 listen)
   Filmed in Unity Park beside the Quinetucket (“beside the long, tidal river”) / Connecticut River. John participated
   in the 2016 protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Readings & closing prayers for justice & peace:

Rabbi Benjamin Weiner — Jewish Community of Amherst      (4:20 listen)
Dr. Mohammed Saleem Bajwa — Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts       (7:00 listen)

Closing: Rhonda Anderson     (1:34 listen)