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Father Albert Krueger, First Nations Missioner, and Mrs. Bonnie Kahn, a noted NW Native Art curator, will be representing the Diocese of Oregon at the 11th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in NYC from May 5 through May 8. They are designated observers of the session, authorized to attend by three NGOs: UFER, The Grail, and the Order of St Mary Immaculate. They will be attending events at the United Nations, the Church Center of the United Nations, the Episcopal Church Center, and St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church on Park Avenue.
Their primary responsibility will be to lead a Diocese of Oregon/Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde collaborative event on Tuesday, May 8. Cheryle Kennedy, Chairwoman of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and Greg Archuleta, a tribal member, will be on the leadership team for that event. The main topic for the UNPFII this year is the “Doctrine of Discovery,” which was repudiated by the Episcopal Church in 2009. A delegation of 20 or more, including Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, will be presenting at the United Nations as well. Both groups are honored by the presence of Professor Robert Miller, who teaches Indian Law at Lewis & Clark College and has published three books on the Doctrine of Discovery.
We'll be reporting news and updates from Father Albert and the forum live as we receive them on our homepage and Facebook.