Saturday, March 15, 2008

Ward speaks

Or rather, apparently, Ward spoke, in Regina Thursday on "Healing Begins When the Wounding Stops: Reflections on the Dynamics of 'Truth and Reconciliation' in Native North America."

Ward wants healing? Who knew? Interestingly, Churchill seems to have permanently abandoned (at least in public) his claim to be a member of the Keetoowah Band of Cherokee. Wonder if they threatened to Sioux (sorry) if he didn't:
Ward Churchill is a prolific American Indian scholar/activist. He is a member of the Rainbow Coalition Council of Elders and the leadership council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado.
The only description of the "Rainbow Coalition Council of Elders" I could find was this, from the "Third Wave at the US Social Forum" blog last year:
the encuentro included elders from the Black Panther Party chapters in Oakland and Chicago, brothers from the Young Lords Party, and Ward Churchill from AIM. it was a small gathering of folks, maybe about 40 youth and 5 elders. they rapped with us about their experiences--how they'd come to join a revolutionary organization, what were the conditions that led them to want to be involved, and what was important about joining an organization. At the end, they announced that they were in the process of forming a Rainbow Council of Elders, comprised of elders from different social movements in the 1960s and 1970s, which would include I Wor Kuen and other revolutionary organizations.
So, kind of like the Justice League.

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