This virtual gathering wias broadcast live on Sunday, October 18th, 2020
You can watch the recording of this program at https://youtu.be/bvDOOmNfRrU (or tinyurl.com/400-years-program)

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
Commissioner of Indian Affairs for Western Massachusetts, co-founder of Ohketeau Cultural Center
Opening Nipmuc prayer & song — Larry Spotted Crow Mann
Land acknowledgment: David Brule — Nehantic, President of Nolumbeka Project
   Spoken beside the Connecticut River at Unity Park in Turners Falls MA – near site of the 1676 Great Falls massacre &
the
2004 Reconciliation Ceremony between Narragansett Tribe & the Town of Montague.
Call to justice: Sr. Clare Carter — New England Peace Pagoda

Speaking truth:

John “Jim” Peters, Jr. — Massachusetts Commissioner of Indian Affairs
“400 year Wampanoag experience under European colonization”
Rev. Kelly Gallagher – Southern New England UCC Justice & Witness Ministries
“European Christian belief in a God-given right to conquer, enslave, and kill Indigenous people”

Preserving cultures:

Bryan Blanchette — Nulhegan Abenaki musician
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.”

Reclaiming land:

Stephanie Morningstar — Oneida, Executive Director of NEFOC Land Trust
“Recovering unceded Native lands across Turtle Island”
Leah Penniman — Soul Fire Farm
Reclaiming Afro-Indigenous Regenerative Farming Practices:
“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 Massachusetts
Respecting the Rights to Our Identity: Regaining control over our identities and representation”
   maindigenousagenda.org
Senator Jo Comerford — “The essential role that towns, faith communities, groups, and individuals play in getting laws advancing Native rights & respect passed through the Legislature & signed by the Governor”

John Sheldon — musician. Song: “The Same Water”
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 & prayers for justice & peace:
Rabbi Benjamin Weiner — Jewish Community of Amherst
Dr. Mohammed Saleem Bajwa — Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts

Closing remarks: Rhonda Anderson