Genocide of Natives Hurts Environment

  A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal claims the introduction of European diseases to Indigenous populations in the 17th century not only exacted an enormous human toll, but also significantly damaged the ecology of the American continent. Harvard Anthropology professor Matt Leibmann and his team used new … More Genocide of Natives Hurts Environment

UN Condemns Doctrine of Discovery

The Doctrine of Discovery and its severe, lasting consequences for Indigenous Peoples across the world continues to spark debate at the highest levels of international diplomacy. The most recent development came on January 14th, when the UN Council Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) called upon the … More UN Condemns Doctrine of Discovery

We love Pope Francis, but he must do more

The Romero Institute commends the Holy See for recognizing the atrocities committed against Native Americans by the colonial powers with the express blessing of the Catholic Church during his address to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress today, Sept. 24. However, our organization finds the balance of the pope’s comments to be tepid and … More We love Pope Francis, but he must do more

Movement to revoke Doctrine of Discovery gains momentum

In May, Pope Francis released his encyclical Laudato Si, which among the many positive ideas it professed, contained the Catholic Church’s unprecedented expression of admiration for Indigenous peoples and for the heritage of their integrative approach to the environment. As a parent organization to the Lakota People’s Law Project, The Romero Institute is both heartened … More Movement to revoke Doctrine of Discovery gains momentum

Catholics largely unaware of Pope Francis’ call for climate action

A recent survey found that a majority of American Catholics remain unaware that Pope Francis has called for immediate action to address the environmental and cultural problems caused by unfettered transnational corporate capitalism — not the least of which is cataclysmic changes to the environment increasingly gathered under the banner of climate change. The survey, conducted … More Catholics largely unaware of Pope Francis’ call for climate action

Junipero Serra: Canonizing a Symbol of Injustice

Father Junipero Serra’s statue in the United States capitol should stay “until the end of time,” according to a statement made by California Governor Jerry Brown last Sunday July 19th. Serra considered his goal of converting the Indians to be just and holy, but his crusade resulted in the enslavement, torture, and death of tens … More Junipero Serra: Canonizing a Symbol of Injustice

Pope Apologizes for Sins Committed Against Native People of America

Pope Francis apologized for the Roman Catholic Church’s complicity in the oppression of indigenous peoples during the colonial era on Thursday, during his stay in Bolivia. The Romero Institute applauds Francis’s sentiments and is hopeful this will result in the revocation of the spark that ignited this flame of abuse–the Doctrine of Discovery. Created centuries … More Pope Apologizes for Sins Committed Against Native People of America

Spiritual Leader Chief Arvol Looking Horse calls for healing of the earth

Two weeks ago, a United Nations Declaration was taken to the Secretary General of the UN on the third and final day of the 20th annual World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites ceremonies. The Declaration called for the establishment of an Indigenous United Nations, with the goal of protecting future generations from environmental and … More Spiritual Leader Chief Arvol Looking Horse calls for healing of the earth

Mobilized Efforts Working to Revoke the Doctrine of Discovery

Numerous faith communities have been calling for the revocation of the 1493 Doctrine of Discovery since 2007, and Pope Francis’ new encyclical focusing on climate change being driven by multinational corporate capitalism is fueling the debate. This Doctrine provided the moral rationale for the genocide that colonial European powers inflicted upon indigenous populations. It set … More Mobilized Efforts Working to Revoke the Doctrine of Discovery

Obama not all in on indigenous rights

While President Barack Obama has promised to improve relations between the federal government and Native American tribes, his administration’s tepid position in relation to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) shows there is still much to be done. In hopes of addressing past and present injustices against indigenous people worldwide, the … More Obama not all in on indigenous rights