Who Do You Touch?

You, the friends and members do so much here at the UU Fellowship. You devote hundreds of hours and you gift thousands of hours. We talk about being a “Fair Share” congregation. Here’s why.

This Monday series will highlight the impact you make by looking at who you touch. Unitarians have touched the world in the past and you’re helping to do the same today.



When Carlo Voli, a member of Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Edmonds, Washington, chained himself to heavy equipment at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, he fully expected to be arrested for the nonviolent action.

What he didn’t expect was to turn around and see dozens of machine guns trained on him. [UU world]

How does this happen?

A perfectly legal maneuver allows the federal government to construct a pipeline adversely affecting the entire Sioux Nation. It’s called the Doctrine of Discovery. This was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1823 and, unlike other clearly racist laws, has never been revisited again but continues today to legally use Indian territory at its discretion.

The decision states, “discovery gave an exclusive right to extinguish the Indian title of occupancy, either by purchase or by conquest.” The United States owns Indigenous lands; the native people have only the legal right of “occupancy.”

This video explains where the Doctrine of Discovery began and how it is still the law of the land today.


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