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The Doctrine of Christian Discovery and Domination, Colonizing Indigenous Peoples, and the State of Maine (online)

October 15 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

The Doctrine of Christian Discovery and Domination comprises a worldview and promotes the legal and moral authority justifying the invasion and conquest of non-Christian lands. Historically, this Doctrine’s legal and moral authority derive from papal bulls, edicts and declarations, from the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church and the later use by Western Christendom’s secular leaders to reference the Doctrine to authorize their voyages of “discovery” into the New World. This Doctrine of Discovery forms the foundation of Federal Indian Law and the most important U.S. Supreme Court case affecting the Original Nations and Peoples of this land. The University of Maine exists on occupied Penobscot Indian Nation land legally justified via the Doctrine. Panelists will develop this program by presenting information on “Settler Colonialism, the Doctrine of Discovery, Capitalism, and Extractivism,” and on “the Doctrine of Discovery and the State of Maine.”

John Dieffenbacher-Krall, Chair of the Episcopal Committee on Indian Relations and former Executive Director of Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission

Chelsea Fairbank, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology and Environmental Policy

Darren Ranco, Chair of Native American Programs and Associate Professor of Anthropology

This event is part of the Fall 2020 Socialist and Marxist Studies series.

Zoom link for all Fall programs.


October 15
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
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Michael Swacha