Indigenous Ministries and Tribal Relations


Truth & Healing Movement

The ELCA’s Truth & Healing Movement is an opportunity for this church to increase our understanding of our colonizing impacts on Indigenous people in the past and present. Over the next several months, there will be opportunities to learn, raise awareness and engage in other ways to impact hearts and lives across this church. We believe that the truth, and our knowing and embracing it, is the first step toward healing for all of us.

Visit the Truth and Healing Movement page to learn more, get involved and share the Truth and Healing movement with others. Follow our ELCA and Living Lutheran social media channels for more stories and updates.


Seward Peninsula Lutherans Harmonies and memories

Seward Peninsula Lutherans connect past and present

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National Day of Remembrance National Day of Remembrance for Indian Boarding Schools

Participate on Sept. 30 by wearing an orange shirt and posting a photo on social media.

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Congregation Joins Truth and Healing Movement From words to actions

Congregation joins the Truth and Healing Movement

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Indigenous People‚Äôs Day Happy Indigenous People’s Day

Prepare for Indigenous People’s Day on Oct. 9 by reading Vance Blackfox’s 2022 Indigenous People’s Day reflection.

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ELCA Advocacy Action Alert Advocacy Action Alert

Act now to urge the House to move forward with the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the United States Act.

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Maui Wildfire Destruction Native Hawaiians fear Maui wildfire destruction will lead to their cultural erasure

While members of the community are still grappling with their immediate needs and the death toll from the fire is still being counted, the Indigenous people of Maui are grieving deeper cultural losses of their community.

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Land acknowledgement from the sixteenth Churchwide Assembly of the ELCA in Ohio.

“We are gathered at this assembly on the original and ancestral homelands of the Shawnee, Miami, and Kaskaskia peoples. We give thanks for their presence here since time immemorial. We also wish to recognize and honor all our Indigenous siblings who have and continue to call this land their home. Let us remember the Indigenous peoples and tribal nations who were the first to love, pray, grow, celebrate, cry, drum, dance and sing upon these lands.”
—The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop

For more information, please email Vance Blackfox, Director, Indigenous Ministries & Tribal Relations.

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