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Plant Medicines and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights [ONLINE]

July 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Plant Medicines, Indigenous Peoples Rights, and Cultural Genocide to Appropriation: How to Promote Racial Equity in Psychedelic Communities.

About this Event

In light of cultural genocide of indigenous peoples in the United States, and ongoing trauma, the public needs to understand how cultural appropriation is a perpetuation of theft, oppression, and genocide in this land. Among general society, but especially in Psychedelic studies, awareness of and action to eradicate racial inequity is sorely lacking. This presentation will shed light on the historical oppression of Native Americans in the U.S. and explain the American Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA) which grants indigenous peoples’ rights to sacred plant medicines, such as Peyote. The historical context of making indigenous ceremonies and religious expressions illegal is paramount to understanding the implications of forced conversion at Indian Boarding Schools, and eventually the need for such a law to protect our religious freedoms. Furthermore, this presentation will explore the creation, role, and irony of the Native American Church (NAC) which uses Peyote as its Christian sacrament, but which has recently been exploited as a means for non-indigenous people to use ayahuasca under AIRFA. Lastly, we will examine how AIRFA and NAC are undermined and implicated in the recent decriminalize nature movements and psychedelic renaissance as continuation of cultural genocide, erasure, and oppression.

Speaker: Christine Diindiisi McCleave, M.A.; CEO, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition: https://boardingschoolhealing.org/

About the Speaker

Christine Diindiisi McCleave, enrolled citizen of Turtle Mountain Ojibwe Nation, is Chief Executive Officer for the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. Christine is a historian, social justice activist, and author whose grandfather attended Marty Catholic Indian Boarding School and Haskell Indian Boarding School and her great grandfather attended Carlisle Indian School—the first federal off-reservation boarding school in the U.S. Diindiisi McCleave received her master of arts in Leadership from Augsburg University and bachelor of science in Communication Studies from Northwestern University. Her master’s thesis researches traditional Native American spirituality and Christianity and the legacy of the boarding schools on spiritual activities, plant medicines, and Indian Activism today.

This event will be hosted and recorded on Zoom and is open to the public. Tickets for this event will be on a sliding scale from $10-$20, with 50% discount for our supporting members (use your unique 50% promo code when you check out on Eventbrite). Once your ticket is confirmed, you’ll be able to access the event link and password to join the meeting.


July 23
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Psychedelic Society of Minnesota