Bearing witness to Broken Treaties and Broken-Hearted Warriors
Sopa Melanie Harmann (Hosted by Ecodharma sangha)
September 10, 2016 (2 to 5 pm followed by optional potluck)
Kritee and Imtiaz’s home, South Boulder (Please email us for details)
Every single treaty – more than 500 of them – ever made between the United States government and Native Peoples has been broken, changed, or nullified by the U.S. This informal Ecodharma sangha gathering will be an evening of storytelling focused on bearing witness to the suffering caused by colonization and genocide in the Americas, along with building bridges of healing between diverse communities.
The storyteller, Sopa Harmann, is a Naropa Environmental Studies student and civil rights activist who recently returned from a month living and volunteering on Pine Ridge Reservation and working with Dancing Horse Camp, an international American Indian Movement focused on sobriety, children’s rights, land rights, environmental issues and protections for the Wounded Knee Pine Ridge community.
Inspired by the works of Vine Deloria, Russell Means, and especially by all the under-celebrated women of the American Indian Movement, Sopa has been building bridges with Lakota friends for the past year. She previously spent time living at Shambhala Mountain Center and at Dorje Denma Ling and has studied abroad in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan….all the while contemplating the role of broken-hearted warriors in today’s society. Contemplative experiential exercises, prayers for Dakota Access Pipelime (#NoDPL) warriors and dialogue are included in the event.