Early this year, the Racial Justice Ministry was invited to engage with a group called Right Relationship Boulder(“RRB”). Inspired by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, members of the Boulder Friends Meeting started this initiative and have been organizing events and convening meetings to consider our relationship with Boulder’s Native people.
RRB defines itself as: “Native and non-Native people working with local governments and organizations to help all Boulder Valley residents learn about the Native peoples who lived here historically and those who live here today.” Specifically, the group is focused on Boulder’s relationship with the Arapaho people.
In June, several members of RJM supported the visit of a group of 7 Arapaho elders to a meeting in Boulder. The purpose was to plan events for Indigenous People’s day this October. The opportunity to start to meet, listen to and build relationships with individual elders was a great honor. I had lunch with Stephen Fasthorse from the Wind River reservation. Hearing his heartfelt pride in the Northern Arapaho community there and feeling the sincerity of his desire to be welcomed back and included in Boulder was incredibly powerful.
RJM will be inviting UUCB members to support the activities of RRB in October. It is anticipated that there will be between 150-200 Arapaho coming the weekend of October 6-8 to share their culture and work in the BVSD schools. Please keep a look out for more information to come.