Contacts: Phil Gabrielson and Mary Dees
The Indigenous Peoples’ Allies Committee is a broad-based group that has cross-over membership from Congregational Life and Outreach Ministries as well as non-congregational community members.This group began after a congregational study and discussion of the Doctrine of Discovery and its consequent repudiation by the Wisconsin Conference of the UCC (2020). Members seek to continue to educate themselves and others about the histories and current circumstances of Indigenous peoples and communities in Wisconsin, the Midwest, and North America seeking to ways to become allies of our native brothers and sisters.
The group’s activities have included events such as the Wade Fernandez concert, Menominee Forestry visit, the Blanket Exercise, and Pow-wow attendance. Some of this education has resulted in support of Indigenous-led racial justice initiatives (e.g., MMIWG2S, Racial Justice Conferences) or in activism to protect shared resources (e.g., efforts to protect water, land, and species threatened by large corporations).”The group meets on the first Monday of the month at 3:30 p.m. in the Upper Lounge or via Zoom.