Native American Lakhota Bearing Witness At Auschwitz

Lakhota elders Manny & Renee Ironhawk joined Zen Peacemakers International’s Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreat in Autumn of 2022. During this presentation, Manny & Renee will share their experiences of bearing witness to these concentration camps. 

Native Americans fight for items looted from bodies at Wounded Knee

Peace offerings of tobacco ties adorn the fence at the Wounded Knee Memorial on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota on Oct. 20, 2014. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post) By Dana Hedgpeth July 17, 2022 Getting them returned from an obscure museum outside Boston hasn’t been easy for the descendants of those slain during the 1890 […]

Reflections on the Native American Plunge 2021

Seven participants in this year’s Native American Plunge form a panel and share their personal impressions and insights as they reflect back on their experience on sacred land. The sharing and discussion will be moderated by one of the seven panelists and ZPI Executive Director Geoff Shoun O’Keeffe. Panelists: Geoff O’Keeffe, Ginger Fung, Jitsujo Gauthier, […]

Q&A Session for Native American Bearing Witness Retreat 2022

A Q&A Session for Native American Bearing Witness Retreat 2022 Wolakota Makasintomni Awachekiyapi Praying for Sacred Harmony and Worldwide Peace Zen Peacemakers International has been conducting retreats following the principles of Not Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action in Auschwitz, Rwanda, and the Black Hills since 1996. This program is a continuation of this rich […]

Q&A Session for Native American Bearing Witness Retreat 2022

Zen Peacemakers International has been conducting retreats following the principles of Not Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Taking Action in Auschwitz, Rwanda, and the Black Hills since 1996. This program is a continuation of this rich legacy and part of our dedication to growing in connection with the indigenous communities of Turtle Island. This year, this enriching experience […]

Native American Bearing Witness Retreat

Native American-Zen PeacemakersBearing Witness Retreat Native American-Zen Peacemakers Bearing Witness Retreat 2022 Wolakota Makasintomni AwachekiyapiPraying for Sacred Harmonyand Worldwide Peace Black Hills, South Dakota and Devils Tower, WyomingSunday, July 3 through Saturday, Jul 9, 2022 Register Here Zen Peacemakers has been conducting bearing witness retreats following the principles of Not Knowing, Bearing Witness and Taking […]

A Reflection from the 2020 Native American Virtual Retreat

ZPI encourages reflections from retreat participants, staff, members & others touched by our work and doing similar work from around the world, as part of the practice of bearing witness. Angell Deer, a participant in this year’s Native American Virtual Retreat, reflects on the bearing witness to the trauma of the stories told by the […]

Sending Our Voices In Prayer For Mother Earth~ZPI Native American Plunge 2020

We will meet in Northern Wyoming Monday, June 22nd through Friday the 26th, 2020 with plans to visit sacred Lakota sites, Bear Witness to their histories & come together as a community of peacemakers across cultures. More details with registration opening will be shared in the weeks to come. 

September ’19 Update on Native American Programs: Lakhota Educators Visit NYC School & ZP Colleagues for Cultural Exchange & Professional Development

The following post is Eve’s reflection on a recent event held at Staten Island, New York’s Integration Charter school where two Lakota Elders- Manny & Renee- discuss a way of preserving their culture’s language through the support of the educational institute. 

To Sit with an Elder: Australian Participant Reflects on the 2019 Native American Bearing Witness Plunge

Struck by a people’s history of trauma alongside great resilience, Sam reflects on the tears and laughter shared among the elders from the Lakota-speaking culture in South Dakota, USA during the Zen Peacemakers 2019 Native American Plunge.