Mr. Andy Galvan and Mr. Vincent Medina, cousins and members of the Ohlone Indian tribe in the San Francisco Bay Area, will play prominent roles in the Papal Mass celebrating the canonization of Blessed Father Junípero Serra in Washington, D.C. next week. Bl. Fr. Serra is the Franciscan missionary largely credited with establishing California’s mission system.
The Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento and president of the California Catholic Conference, today announced an ambitious 18-month program to review and revise the cultural content and displays at the California missions under Church authority and to undertake a similar effort to review the Third and Fourth Grade curriculum in Catholic schools to better reflect modern understandings of the Mission Era and the relationship between Spanish civil authority, the Catholic Missions and local Indian tribes.
BY JAIME SOTO
Special to The Sacramento Bee
Lots of media attention continues to be given to the videos of Planned Parenthood staff members speaking about the disposition of aborted fetal tissue. Some people have questioned the undercover tactics used to capture the candid conversations.
This criticism, however, fails to acknowledge the deception employed by the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League in using an advocate posing as a woman looking for help at crisis pregnancy centers.
Teachers and parents who discuss Native Americans, past and present, need to be aware of their language. Our American vocabulary is full of stereotypes of Indians – we may not even be aware of using many of them, and erroneous images and prejudicial biases are implanted in non-Indian children.
Partly as a result of this backlog of unthinking language, Indian children may have a tough time in and out of the classroom. We can help by being aware of our own use of stereotypes – and by avoiding those words.
Welcome California 4th Graders!
You are about to embark on an adventure to California’s past. As you learned in 3rd grade, California was home to many indigenous people before the arrival of the Spanish. Now in 4th grade you were probably assigned a mission and are going to start your research. This year you will learn about how the missions changed California. Here are some sites that hopefully will help you with your project. Good luck and have fun!
“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”
― Elie Wiesel
“Welcome back everyone! We are starting the Spring Semester with a service challenge. This isn’t for the squeamish… you may have to lift heavy things, travel far distances, and your True Religion jeans might get dirty.”