fbpx
 

Last week on our Native News Online social media, we asked our followers “What would you have given the Pope?” This comes after many in Indian Country have expressed disapproval of Pope Francis receiving a headdress during ‘Pilgrimage of Penance’. 

Here are some of the responses:

EM Binah-Atarah - Facebook

“A Billing Statement”

Steve Keith - Facebook

“A reparations bill that would rock the world.”

Patty Barbour - Facebook

“A list of the families that was impacted by the atrocities of the catholic church”

Winema Wolf-Powell - Facebook

“A stoic head nod and lip point to see him on his way!”

Harry Chase - Facebook

“Hand him a list of names of all the little kids that died at the hands of the church and read them aloud and a Orange shirt”

Carmen Joy Harrington - Facebook

“A compilation of stories from survivors and descendants of survivors stories- a list of every school, every priest, every nun that there is, attached to a formal request that those living perpetrators be punished. A list of all victims we possibly know with a formal request for reparations for all living survivors.”

Les Begay - Facebook

“He should have been given the names of all the children who were missing and died in the Boarding schools. Certainly not a headdress.”

Ms. Kelly M. Hayes - Twitter

“An appropriate gift for the pope would have been a print of a piece of artwork honoring the victims of colonial genocide, including residential school children. Something with a lot of names. I would have asked him to look at it often, and ask himself what these souls demand of him.”

Angela Glore - Twitter

“A map of church-owned properties that should be returned to First Nations. I recently toured a cathedral and was reminded anew of the vast wealth and land holdings of the Catholic Church.”

Verna Jo - Twitter

“A traditional Native meal. He came to apologize and nothing is owed to him in return.  A meal is traditional so that would have been enough I think.”

Ronald Tso - Twitter

“We owe The Pope nothing, his words were scripted and as we know, our teachings say our words come from the heart and the Pope's words were empty and without meaning, no emotion, no tears. He should have never been gifted with any gifts as he still insults our missing children.”






More Stories Like This

Native News Weekly (December 4, 2022): D.C. Briefs
White House Tribal Summit, Day Two: Biden Administration Commits to Tribal Health and Justice Programs
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Surprises Native Nonprofits with $1M in Donations on #GivingTuesday
Biden Affirms Commitment to Tribal Nations, Announces New Initiatives at White House Tribal Nations Summit
PHOTOS: The White House Tribal Nations Summit

Do you appreciate a Native perspective on the news? 

For the past decade-plus, we’ve covered the important Indigenous stories that are often overlooked by other media. From the protests at Standing Rock and the toppling of colonizer statues during the racial equity protests, to the ongoing epidemic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the past-due reckoning related to assimilation, cultural genocide and Indian Boarding Schools, we have been there to provide a Native perspective and elevate Native voices.

Our news is free for everyone to read, but it is not free to produce. That’s why we’re asking you to make a donation this month to help support our efforts. Any contribution — big or small — helps us remain a force for change in Indian Country and continue telling the stories that are so often ignored, erased or overlooked.  Most often, our donors make a one-time gift of $25 or more, while many choose to make a recurring monthly donation of $5 or $10.  Whatever you can do, it helps fund our Indigenous-led newsroom and our ability to cover Native news. 

Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous journalism. Thank you. 

About The Author
Native News Online Staff
Author: Native News Online StaffEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Native News Online is one of the most-read publications covering Indian Country and the news that matters to American Indians, Alaska Natives and other Indigenous people. Reach out to us at [email protected]