Scott Russell discusses “Healing Minnesota Stories” – Working towards understanding and healing between Native American and non-Native peoples (Recorded 07/25/2017)
Contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org
Healing Minnesota Stories was created to promote understanding and healing between Native American and non-Native people, particularly those in various faith communities. We are an initiative of the Saint Paul Interfaith Network. Our starting point is an understanding that Native people have suffered deep trauma over many years, losing their land, language and culture, and all who call Minnesota home are the lesser for it. While many people and institutions contributed to that trauma, it happened with the full participation of Christian churches. We all still need healing, healing is doable, and churches have a role to play. We are calling ourselves Healing Minnesota Stories because we believe in the healing power of stories. Stories heal because they make invisible pain visible. The healing goes two ways, from the listener to the storyteller, and from the storyteller to the listener. HMS believes that churches and all faith communities can play a key role in promoting and experiencing healing by opening ourselves to our own history and listening to the stories of Native people. We hope through the sharing and retelling of stories, we can create new more positive ones.
Scott is currently the board chair of ASDIC (Anti-racism Dialogue Circles), https://www.asdicircle.org/ a nonprofit that offers training and workshops to equip people and institutions to address racism. He also is co-chair of the Sierra Club North Star Chapter’s Beyond Oil and Tar Sands Committee. http://www.sierraclub.org/minnesota/beyond-oil-tar-sands The committee’s current work focus on stopping the expansion of Enbridge Line 3, a Canadian tar sands crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota. The project would threaten the Mississippi River and a number of Minnesota’s wild rice areas; it also violates treaty rights.
Scott also writes a blog for Healing Minnesota Stories https://healingmnstories.wordpress.com/ which has a separate page dedicated to issues around Minnesota Capitol Art (see posted image) https://healingmnstories.wordpress.com/capitol-art/
“Discoverers and the Civilizers led to the Source of the Mississippi,” is in the Minnesota Senate Chambers and essentially depicts a forced conversion of Native Americans to Christianity
Scott’s comments were his own. He was not speaking on behalf of any organization.
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