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Torivio Fodder: Pope Francis ignores sins of Indian mission era
Torivio Fodder: Pope Francis ignores sins of Indian mission era (October 6, 2015)

By the time the Spanish colonial effort in California was over, the population of American Indians in that eventual state would be reduced by 2/3s.


Sam Campbell: Catholic Church continues to celebrate genocide
Sam Campbell: Catholic Church continues to celebrate genocide (October 2, 2015)

If the Church thinks that dedicating your whole life to assimilating a culture through violence, erasure and genocide is a good idea, then they’re on the right track.


Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation decries vandalism at mission
Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation decries vandalism at mission (September 29, 2015)

Someone threw paint on a statue of Junipero Serra and on a headstone at the Indian cemetery inside the Carmel Mission.


Simon Moya-Smith: Pope Francis must offer more than apology
Simon Moya-Smith: Pope Francis must offer more than apology (September 24, 2015)

We ask for the repeal of the papal edicts that justified the theft of Native American lands and the persecution of our people.


Pope Francis fails to address mistreatment of tribes in California
Pope Francis fails to address mistreatment of tribes in California (September 24, 2015)

Chairman Valentin Lopez of the Amah Mutsun Band estimates that 100,000 to 150,000 Indians died during the mission era of the 1700s and 1800s.


Papal mass features reading in Native language from California
Papal mass features reading in Native language from California (September 23, 2015)

Vincent Medina has been helping revive the Chochenyo language that was once widely spoken in the Bay Area.


Pope Francis lands in nation's capital for historic first visit to US
Pope Francis lands in nation's capital for historic first visit to US (September 23, 2015)

As the leader of the Catholic Church bestows sainthood upon the founder of the brutal Indian mission system in California, tribal members will be observing a Day of Mourning.


Two from Muwekma Ohlone Tribe to take part in sainthood mass
Two from Muwekma Ohlone Tribe to take part in sainthood mass (September 21, 2015)

A priest and member of the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians is also meeting with Pope Francis this week.


Pope Francis to bestow sainthood on founder of Indian missions
Pope Francis to bestow sainthood on founder of Indian missions (September 10, 2015)

Some tribal leaders in California are upset with the decision to honor Junipero Serra, a Catholic


Al Villanueva: Indian mission founder did not commit genocide
Al Villanueva: Indian mission founder did not commit genocide (September 7, 2015)

It was the devout Christian priests, ministers and evangelizers who protected native peoples from the historic genocide.


Steven Newcomb: Pope in denial about genocide of our peoples
Steven Newcomb: Pope in denial about genocide of our peoples (August 21, 2015)

The Holy See is carefully avoiding its own 'sacred and praiseworthy' purpose of domination by means of the subjection of the original nations of the continent.


Opinion: Church's apology not enough for some Native people
Opinion: Church's apology not enough for some Native people (August 18, 2015)

Valenten Lopez: 'How can Pope Francis and the Catholic Church speak or act with moral authority when they know that they have mistreated the indigenous people?'