Friends, this appeared in today's Boston Globe:
In addition to the link, I'd like to share my response to the story:
I am delighted that the Nipmuc people are reclaiming their identity and strengthening their community. I don’t know this to be true, but if, as a reader here claims, a casino developer played a role in prompting the Nipmucs to reflect on their history and take steps to revive their language, their music, their lifeways, and their sense of self, then from my point of view, the developer’s intervention was a gift. And not just to the Nipmucs, but to us all, because as many of us are beginning to see, all life is connected, and when one of us suffers, we all suffer. The collective suffering might not be readily visible; it might afflict society at large on the psychological and spiritual levels. But it is there.
And the Indigenous peoples of the Americas (indeed, worldwide) have suffered. We would all do well to acknowledge the events of the last 500 years from the Native peoples’ perspective, to feel compassion, and then to move forward together. We can do this by allowing each other to simply be, and by celebrating what distinguishes us as well as what connects us. While we’re at it, let’s support each other as we seek our individual and greater potentials. It is time to heal.
In closing, let me say to my Nipmuc brothers and sisters, Mohtompan wunne. Toh kuttinuckketeam?
Peace to all –