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About Steven T. Newcomb

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Steven T. Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape) is the co-founder and co-director of the Indigenous Law Institute, along with Birgil Kills Straight who is an Oglala Lakota headman and ceremonial person. Steve Newcomb is author of Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery and co-producer of the documentary film, The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code, directed by Sheldon Wolfchild (Dakota). He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Doctrine of Discovery based on the 40 years he has spent investigating and writing about these issues. He has been a tireless advocate for Indigenous nations and peoples for decades and his work has now become a global movement.


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. 

Documentary Film

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. 

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