George “Tink” Tinker is professor emeritus at Iliff School of Theology in Denver and a citizen of the Osage Nation.
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The State-Planned Part of Genocide
“TWO-HUNDRED-FIFTEEN children were buried in unmarked graves at Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia—that was just the first. We’re going to see this repeated across the continent from the Arctic North down to the Rio Grande. It’s not over. It’s just starting.
The boarding schools—what they call residential schools in Canada—were a state-planned part of the genocide of the American Indians. They were a way of removing an obstacle to getting the land and the resources. The boarding schools were part of the intentional destruction of the American Indian worldview [to give rise to] the Euro-Christian worldview of radical individualism, of private ownership, of hierarchy.
Private ownership of land is considered a fundamental human right to Euro-Christians. What good does that do for Indians, who want to honor the Earth as a close relative—as a mother, a grandmother? It was always, first of all, about the land, and still is today as we see pipeline after pipeline in Canada and the U.S.
The Full Circle of Liberation
An American Indian theology of place
With Drum and Cup
George Tinker talks of white myths and Indian spirituality
'For All My Relations'
Justice, peace, and the integrity of Christmas trees