Mark Charles is a brother-in-Christ and fellow CCDA leader. This week he posted, “A Prayer for Indigenous Peoples” at his blog here, and then this post was picked up by the Native News Network and posted here. His “Prayer for Indigenous Peoples” is timely (I encourage you to read it out loud). For me, one statement in the prayer in particular focuses the message. It’s this statement:
[Father,] for the glory of your name, I ask you to demonstrate to my country that without being reconciled with, and getting input from, indigenous peoples, this “nation of immigrants” lacks the authority to comprehensively reform immigration law, as well as the ability to rule these lands justly.
How often do we think about the Native American seat at the table in this issue of immigration reform? Do we think Native Americans need, or deserve, or should have a seat at the table?
Charles has a helpful backgrounder on the issue of Native Americans and immigration at this post: An apology, an Appropriations Bill, and a Conversation That Never Happened.
I think Charles is right.
The indigenous hosts of this land must be a significant factor in our country’s deliberations over immigration.
In practical terms, this won’t be easy. How do you unravel hundreds of years of very complicated history and set things right?
I don’t know. But Americans put a man on the moon, sent a submarine to the bottom of the ocean, and elected a Black president. Progress can be made in this area, and it won’t take hundreds of years.
Mark will be here in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, May 1. Restorers is hosting him to engage these topics and more at 7pm. I’ll be there. You are invited.