An interfaith / inter-community project of listening, connecting, and acting for justice during this 400th year since the 1620 landing of English colonists on Native homelands in the Northeast.
A live virtual gathering was held via YouTube on
Sunday, Oct. 18th, 2020
Part of this program was filmed at Unity Park in Turners Falls (Great Falls). Unity Park is near the site of the Great Falls
Massacre on May 19, 1676. This also builds on the historic Reconciliation Ceremony held on May 19th, 2004 at this same site.
In this project we are committed to:
- Rhonda Anderson — Iñupiaq-Athabascan Commissioner of Indian Affairs for Western Mass.
- David Brule — Nehantic president of Nolumbeka Project
- John “Jim” Peters, Jr. — Mashpee Wampanoag Commissioner of Indian Affairs for Massachusetts
- Larry Spotted Crow Mann — Nipmuc Nation author, cultural educator & singer
- Bryan Blanchette — Nulhegan Abenaki singer & musician
- Stephanie Morningstar — Oneida Executive Director of NEFOC Land Trust
Fundraising for Native organizations. As a small beginning act of restorative justice for all that has been done to the Native peoples of the Northeast, we urge you to donate to four organizations working to preserve Native cultures and reclaim Native land.
- Native Land Conservancy
- Ohketeau Cultural Center
- Nipmuk Cultural Preservation Inc.
- Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust
Donate via credit card at riseupandsing.org/400years
100% of funds collected go to the organizations listed above.
Walking to Great Falls and Plymouth. For the past 4 years monks from the New England Peace Pagoda have led walks to reflect and live into a deeper understanding of and response to 400 years of European colonization. Their fifth and final walk began in Florence on Thursday Oct. 15th and proceeded to Unity Park in Turners Falls during the 3 days leading up to the Oct. 18th program. The monks’ walk continues through end of October. On Saturday, October 31st then 5th and final walk will conclude walking from the Plimoth Plantation to the Massasoit Statue in Plymouth MA.
You are welcome to join any portion of this walk.
Action. We are committed to standing in solidarity with Native people in the region in their efforts for rights, respect, and land. Allied groups can make a huge difference in advancing bills that address these issues in our state legislatures.
Connecting – We are committed to building relationships of respect & solidarity with our Native neighbors.
Project Partners. Over twenty area congregations and community organizations have committed themselves to partner with our Native neighbors to begin redressing the enormous damage inflicted on their peoples over the past 400 years.