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Allies Series: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples

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This edition of the allies series, which offers thoughts on how we can act as allies to groups who are currently facing political attacks (i.e., virtually all marginalized groups), explores the question of how non-Native folks can act as allies to Native peoples. Janis Bohan and Glenda Russell talk with Jerilyn DeCoteau (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) and Paula Palmer of the Right Relationship Project about their work together and the role of allies in the movement to secure legal and social rights for Native peoples. We discuss what it means to act as an ally to Native peoples, as well as some of the rewards for allies and Native people of this sort of joint effort. Image L-R – Jerilyn DeCoteau, Paula Palmer


Information on upcoming events related to this topic, several of which are mentioned during the show:

  • Tuesday, Feb 20, 6-8 pm, Right Relationship Boulder meeting, Meadows Branch Library. Guest speaker: Rep. Joe Salazar. All welcome. For more info, email:
  • Saturday, Feb 24, 6 -9 pm, “The Mayors of Shiprock” film and discussion, Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1241 Ceres Dr., Lafayette. A Reel Indian Pictures film screening & discussion of youth-inspired, contemporary social change on the Navajo Reservation. Confronting negative stereotypes, filmmaker Ramona Emerson documents efforts of Navajo youth to turn around their inherited social and economic world. As Boulder faces fracking interests and begins to confront its relationship with the Arapaho, there is much to be learned about resilience, hope, engagement, and re-connecting with respect for indigenous ways and culture. Join with Ava Hamilton, Arapaho spokesperson for Boulder; BVUUF activists and youth; and the filmmakers for the film discussion of the Navajo youth project and social change and light fare potluck dinner. Free, food to share and cash donations welcome.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7-9 pm, “Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples” workshop, First Congregational Church, Broadway and Pine St, Boulder. Facilitated by Jerilyn DeCoteau (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) and Paula Palmer. See: For more info and to register, email:
  • Sunday, March 4, “Two Rivers” film and discussion, Community UCC Church, 2650 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder. 5 pm potluck; 6 pm film; 7 pm discussion facilitated by Paula Palmer. For more information, email Linda Woods,
  • Sunday, March 11, 3-5 pm, “Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples” workshop, Columbine Spiritual Center, 8900 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder. Facilitated by Jerilyn Decoteau (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) and Paula Palmer. See: For more info and to register: