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Serra is no Saint International Day of Mourning

Thank you everyone that came out and raised up our ancestors and Spoke Truth to Lies. 

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Read more about the event here.

While Pope Francis was proclaiming Junipero Serra a Saint in Washington, D.C., California Indians continued their protest in the form of a prayer ceremony in opposition to this decision. Some 200 people attended the event organized by community leader Corrina Gould (Chochenyo Ohlone), Wicahpiluta Candelaria (Rumsen Ohlone/Apache), and Indian People Organizing for Change, this ceremony provided a place where California’s tribal members could grieve Serra’s canonization, speak historic truth, and pray for the ancestors buried beneath the streets surrounding Mission Dolores in San Francisco.

“We’re here to make a statement in opposition to the canonization of Junipero Serra. We have appealed to Pope Francis not to do this. We have prayed, sent signed petitions, have tried to awaken people to the intentional genocide committed against us by Serra. Those few Natives today in D.C. that are supporting this action do not speak for the majority of California’s tribal people. There needs to be a revision of California indigenous history in education, in the libraries, and films, that tells the truth. There needs to be an understanding about the Doctrine of Discovery and how this notion that we were ‘sub-human’ and ‘pagan’ led to genocide and colonization—5,000 people, some my direct ancestors, are buried in unmarked graves right here,” Gould said.

Read more at: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/09/25/serra-no-saint-day-mourning-san-francisco-161880

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