Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rescinding the Doctrine of Discovery - Resources

Indigenous Leaders Want Pope Francis to Rescind Papal Bull Justifying Colonialism


"Pagans In the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Discovery", Steven Newcomb

"Pagans in the Promised Land provides a unique, well-researched challenge to U.S. federal Indian law and policy. It attacks the presumption that American Indian nations are legitimately subject to the plenary power of the United States. Steve Newcomb puts forth a startling theory that U.S. federal Indian law and policy are premised on Old Testament narratives of the chosen people and the promised land, as exemplified in the 1823 Supreme Court ruling Johnson v. McIntosh, that the first "Christian people" to "discover" lands inhabited by "natives, who were heathens," have an ultimate title to and dominion over these lands and peoples. This imporant addition to legal scholarship asserts there is no separation of church and state in the United States, so long as U.S. federal Indian law and policy are premised on the ancient religious distinctions between "Christians" and "heathens."


 No Saint Junipero: Ending the Doctrine of Discovery


Eleventh Session of the Permanent Forum

7 - 18 May 2012   UN Headquarters, New York
Special Theme: "The Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)". 

‘Doctrine of Discovery’, Used for Centuries to Justify Seizure of Indigenous Land, Subjugate Peoples, Must Be Repudiated by United Nations, Permanent Forum Told

Papal Bull Rescission Committee - Loretto Community

The Call To Rescind the Doctrine of Discovery - National Catholic Reporter

Romero Institute

"Acquiring Empire By Law"

Mennonite group working on dismantling DoD:
"For more than five centuries, the Doctrine of Discovery and the laws based upon it have legalized the theft of land, labor and resources from Indigenous Peoples across the world and systematically denied their human rights. This Doctrine originated with the Christian church in the 15th century.  It is now the church’s responsibility to undo it."

Text of the Papal Bulls of 1452, 1455, 1493 that form "rationale" for Doctrine of Discovery  (facebook Notes w/ URL links)
Dum Diversas 1452:
Romanus Pontifex 1455:
Inter Caetera 1493:

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