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Doctrine of Discovery

December 16,2015 at 5:30 PM there will be a panel discussion on the Doctrine of Discovery at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd., Redding CA.

This will be a conversation about the influence of the Christian doctrine of discovery on theology and the U.S. treatment of Shasta County tribes and Northern California waters.

Featured speakers include:

  • David Bell, Advocate and Educator on North American Indians Affairs for the Yakama Christian Mission.
  • Caleen Sisk, Winnemem Wintu Chief, speaking on the proposed raise of Shasta Dam and Winnemem Wintu sacred sites.
  • Morning Star Gali, Ajumawi Band of the Pit River Tribe, on protecting the Medicine Lake Highlands.

According to their Facebook Event Page, “the Discovery Doctrine is a concept in international law expounded by the U.S. Supreme Court beginning with the Johnson v. McIntosh decision in 1823, and its legacy still affects laws relating to indigenous people. Papal Bulls of the 15th century gave Christian explorers the right to claim lands they “discovered” and were not inhabited by Christians. If the pagans could be converted, they could be spared. If not, they could be enslaved or killed.”