Province VIII Winter Talk

Province VIII Winter Talk

On January 8-13, 2013, a delegation of Native American Episcopalians from the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California attended the Province VIII Winter Talk in Reno, NV. The delegation was composed of The Reverend Deacon Lewis Powell (Native American Ministries Missioner), The Reverend Deacon Bettye Reynolds, The Reverend Canon Deacon Tina Campbell, Patricia Heinicke, Karen Jones, and Nellie Fierro.

Province VIII of The Episcopal Church sponsors Winter Talk each January to offer a time for Native Episcopalians to gather, study, share accomplishments, explore new ways to continue to minister within the church and propose resolutions that impact on the life and spiritual health of Native communities. This year’s activities were focused on the impact of racism and the Doctrine of Discovery on the Native peoples of North America, particularly Native Episcopalians.

The guest speaker for this event was Kenneth Adams, Chief of the Upper Mattaponi Tribe of Virginia. The Upper Mattaponi people are one of only eight Indian Tribes recognized by the State of Virginia. (There are no federally recognized tribes in Virginia.) Chief Adams spoke about the historical contributions of Native Peoples to the development of this country based on native archeological finds in the Midwest and Southern United States. He further stressed the need for Natives to know about the Doctrine of Discovery and the negative impact that it has had on some of the native communities, but, to find ways to change those negatives into positives through education.

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