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Periodically UU Community Church holds special “Generosity Sunday” collections to support organizations that promote justice, equity, and inclusion in our community. During the month of June, we will be collecting donations for the American Indian College Fund (AICF). Education is the answer to helping Native communities heal and move forward in a self-sufficient manner. The mission of the AICF is to ensure every Native student who wants to pursue higher education has the ability and the support to be successful.

We kicked off our Generosity Sunday campaign on June 2, the 100-year anniversary of the Indian Citizenship Act. We were honored to have, Levi Rickert (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation), founder, publisher, and editor of Native News Online join us for Generosity Sunday to discuss Native American history and contemporary issues.

In his heartfelt and enlightening talk, Rickert discussed tragic milestones in Native American history including the Indian Wars and the traumatic legacy of Native American Boarding Schools; talked of the amazing patriotism of Native Americans — who have a higher per capita record of military service than any other demographic in the U.S. history while still experiencing higher levels of unemployment and poverty and suffering from voter intimidation and suppression. Levi acknowledged that gains have been made but there is much work ahead. 

Rickert also  posed the question that many Native Americans are asking, ”Is celebrate too strong of a word for honoring this 100-year milestone?” In answer, he read the words of Deb Haaland (Pueblo of Laguna) currently serving as the 54th United States Secretary of the Interior. 

It is difficult for me to order out the fireworks in celebration of the Indian Citizenship Act’s centennial, because my people were here long before the Mayflower and the Pilgrims, and before the cow was introduced to North America. We have always been citizens of this continent. Our citizenship runs deep, and in spite of every Indian war, assimilation policy, and outright assault on our land, animals, and ways of life by newcomers, we have persevered. Knowing that my ancestors survived to give me breath, and that my family’s customs and traditions have survived through it all, gives me hope that our future generations will also have them to pass down.

If you missed this June 2nd Sunday Service or simply want to listen to this insightful talk, again, you can access it here: