Pagan Community Notes: Week of August 8, 2022

PINE RIDGE, SD — Late last month, the Oglala Lakota Nation Tribal Council voted to ban non-Native missionary Matt Monfore from land on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for distributing pamphlets believed to be speeches of hate. Monfore is part of the Jesus is King mission and had distributed church pamphlets demonizing Indigenous spirituality and culture.

Tribal Chairman Kevin Killer’s office released a July 22 letter that stated:

“This week, missionary Jesus Is King was discovered distributing material that literally demonizes Lakota culture and faith.”

“This is unacceptable and totally disrespectful. The President and Council are of the opinion that these ‘pamphlets’ seek to promote hatred instead of peace. Hatred has no place in Oglala land.

The contents of the pamphlets were posted on social media by members of the Oglala Chapter of the Native Youth Council and caused a public outcry from tribal members.

Oglala Lakota Tribe Youth Council Mentor Eleanor Ferguson wrote online on the Oglala Lakota Chapter International Indigenous Youth Council Facebook page, “This is modern indoctrination and what cultural genocide looks like. Why do we allow these outsiders to disrespect us and our culture in our own land? Something has to be done. »

On July 27, the Oglala Lakota Nation Tribal Council passed Ordinance No. 22-54 which requires “all churches and missionaries to register and apply for permission to conduct missionary activities” on Pine Ridge lands.

The Tribal Council has also opened an investigation to determine whether or not Monfore has a connection to the Wings as Eagles Ministries which operates The Dream Center on Pine Ridge land. Monfore claimed to have held a presentation related to the brochure at the Dream Center.

However, Lori McAfee, Pastor and President of Wings as Eagles Ministries said Indian country today that Monfore had no connection with their organization and did not present or lecture at their establishment.

The tribal council is due to receive an investigation report on August 10.

Some tribal members who are active members in Christian churches of various denominations were confused and worried about whether or not Ordinance No. 22-54 would require the cancellation of church functions.

The tribal council clarified the order by adding an amendment that religious organizations would have 90 days to comply with submitting required forms and could continue to operate during that time.

The Oglala Lakota Nation Tribal Council’s decision to exclude non-members from the reservation according to tribal attorney Thomasina Real Bird, there is limited legal precedent for tribal governments permanently banishing or excluding non-tribal citizens reserves.

However, the decision cited the tribe’s law and order codes regarding the expulsion of non-members and stated, “It is the sacred duty and obligation of the tribal council to protect its peoples, their property , their natural resources, their culture, their land, their water. rights and wildlife from any threat or conduct of non-members on the reservation and on all lands under the jurisdiction of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

A number of tribes have taken this approach to resolving civil issues and have included language in their laws to use the exclusion of nonmembers in this manner. It is also the tribal councils that determine and define due process with respect to exclusion and eviction from tribal lands.

“Council can issue an eviction order for a person without a hearing in an emergency situation,” Thomasina Real Bird said. “No one can guess you, only this governing body can determine the circumstances that constitute an emergency.”


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    • On September 3, Diana Paxson will deliver the Philadelphia Pagan Pride Day keynote address and speak on the topic of Pagans and American Civil Religion.
    • Sionainn McLean of Liminal Raven Ministries is preparing an anthology of voices of witches and pagans titled, Living in Magic – Stories of Everyday Magic, Paganism and Witchcraft. They seek submissions ranging from authentic voices and stories to personal essays, poetry, prayers and rituals, as well as black and white photography and art. The deadline for submission is November 15, 2022.

    In other news:

      • As debate continues over whether the Parthenon Marbles (sometimes referred to as the Elgin Marbles) belonged – to their country of origin, Greece, or to the British Museum where they currently reside – the most recent development is that the British Museum appears to be shifting its position after decades of refusing to allow the Marbles to return to Greece. British Museum Deputy Director Jonathan Williams said in an interview last week: “What we are asking for is an active ‘Parthenon partnership’ with our friends and colleagues in Greece. I firmly believe that there is room for a truly dynamic and positive conversation in which new ways of working together can be found. Williams continued: “The sculptures are an integral part of the British Museum. They have been here for over 200 years. He emphasized a desire to “change the temperature of the debate” and mentioned the possibility of loaning the works. “We need to find a way forward around cultural exchanges of a level, intensity and dynamism that has not been conceived until now. There are many wonderful things we would love to borrow and lend. That’s what we’re doing.” While Greece has artefacts in its collections that the British Museum would certainly be interested in loaning for display, it’s unclear whether the Greek government would settle for anything less than d to have a complete and permanent repatriation of the marbles to Athens.
      • In other artefact repatriation news, the Horniman Museum in London has announced plans to transfer ownership of 72 artefacts to the Nigerian government. Eve Salomon, President of the Horniman Museum, said: “The evidence is very clear that these objects were acquired by force, and an external consultation supported our view that it is both moral and appropriate to return their property in Nigeria. Among those artifacts that will return to Nigeria are 12 bronzes from Benin (which consist of ivory carvings and metal carvings), a key to the king’s palace and a brass rooster. Brass roosters or roosters are an integral part of the Beninese ancestral altar and symbolize the mothers of queens and their power. The British Museum has the largest collection of bronzes in Benin and has currently declared that it is prohibited from returning them due to the British Museum Act 1963 and the National Heritage Act 1983.

      To note positively

      We take a moment to remember Oliva Newton-John today. Enjoy this clip from the 1978 film, “Fat

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    • Tarot of the week by Star Bustamonte

      Platform: Tarot of the Golden Lyreby Lacy Martin and Christine Scanlon, published by Microcosm Publishing.

      Map: Four (4) of cups

      This week may call for taking a step back in order to get a better perspective of a given situation. Emotions have the potential to cloud judgment or unduly influence the decision-making process and are likely to require a certain level of detachment.

      Conversely, failure to fully assess a situation before acting can cause past patterns to repeat and is unlikely to produce the desired outcome.

      Decks generously provided by Asheville Pagan Supply.