Pagans in the Promised Land Book by Steven T. Newcomb
Pagans in the Promised Land decodes the hidden Old Testament basis of the Doctrine of Discovery and domination in U.S. Federal Indian Law and policy. The book traces the origin of the 1823 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Johnson v. M’Intosh to Vatican papal decrees of domination issued by various Catholic popes in the fifteenth century. Those documents claimed the right to locate and dominate non-Christian heathen lands, and Indigenous peoples throughout the planet. Pagans in the Promised land is an expose which explains how the mentality of the Christian Empire gave birth to federal Indian law and policy in the United States, and continues on to this day.
The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code
film directed by Sheldon Wolfchild, (Dakota) co-produced by Steven T. Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape) The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking The Domination Code is a compelling presentation premised on the book Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery. The film tells the story of how little known Vatican documents of the fifteenth century resulted in a tragic global momentum of domination and dehumanization. This led to law systems in the U.S. and Canada, and throughout the world, that are still used against Indigenous Nations and Peoples to this day. The film concludes with traditional teachings developed over thousands of years that provide a much needed healing alternative for humanity and Mother Earth at this time.
In his splendid book The Lawless Law of Nations (1925), Sterling E. Edmunds says that governments may be defined as “groups of men possessing arbitrary power over other men.” (p. 426) If Edmunds is right, the idea of “self-government” is not a remedy of much merit for American Indians, for such a system wouldREAD MORE
Ever since the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States, a renewed focus has been placed on “white supremacy” and “white nationalism” and their role in the early origins of the United States. As a result of the 400 year commemoration of the arrival of the first slave ship in VirginiaREAD MORE
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War—or the act or state of exerting violence against another—is the context for the word conquest. Another way of understanding “a conquest” is, “having achieved a victory over or triumphed over an enemy.” To triumph or surmount is ‘to gain the upperhand over, to have won mastery or dominance over.’ In other words, conquest isREAD MORE