Healing Minnesota Stories (HMS)
Is an effort to create understanding and healing between Native American and non-Native people, particularly those in various faith communities. Native people have suffered deep trauma over many years, losing their land, language and culture, and all who call Minnesota home are the lesser for it. While many people and institutions contributed to that trauma, it happened with the full participation of Christian churches. We all still need healing, healing is doable, and churches have a role to play in healing.
We are calling ourselves Healing Minnesota Stories because we believe in the healing power of stories. Stories heal because they make invisible pain visible. The healing goes two ways, from the listener to the storyteller, and from the storyteller to the listener.
Healing Minnesota Stories believes that churches and all faith communities can play a key role in promoting and experiencing healing by opening ourselves to our own history and listening to the stories of Native people. We hope through the sharing and retelling of stories, we can create new more positive ones.
Healing Minnesota Stories grew out of the work of the Saint Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN) on religion and racism. Our group includes Native and non-Native individuals representing congregations, religious and secular organizations, and higher education institutions.
Healing Minnesota Stories started in 2012, by supporting and participating in several events marking the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota Conflict. It was a timely place to start, but it was only a beginning. We continue to bring together Native and non-Native people to share stories and increase awareness of the value of American Indian language, culture, and our shared history.
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