Sunday, April 9, 2017

Film Screening & Discussion: 'The Doctrine of Discovery - Unmasking the Domination Code'



The Doctrine of Discovery
~ Unmasking the Domination Code ~

 A film based on the book Pagans in the Promised Land: 
Decoding the Doctrine of Discovery by Steven T. Newcomb.

Wednesday, April 12, 6:00PM
at The Kiva, 101 Baldy Hall, UB North Campus, Amherst [Map]

Event is Free and Open to the Public - Refreshments provided.

Following the film, there will be a discussion facilitated by Agnes Williams, coordinator of the Indigenous Women's Initiatives.

Chief Justice John Marshall's distinction between "Christian people" and "heathens" in Johnson v. M'Intosh (1823) is still treated by the U.S. Supreme Court as valid law for the United States. The Supreme Court has used the claimed right of Christian discovery and domination in the Johnson ruling as its underlying rationale for every ruling it has handed down since 1823 regarding our original nations.

Columbus and other colonizers laid claim to the lands of original nations on the basis of the idea that Christians had a biblical right to discover and dominate non-Christian lands.

Cosponsored by: SSW GSA, the Humanities Institute, The Haudenosaunee- Native American Studies Research Group, and the Native American Graduate Student Association

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