Andrew Grant: Quakers & Indigenous Schools
Andrew Grant(he/him/relative) is a Quaker peace activist with a concern for IndigenousRelations, supported by witness and ministry grants from the Legacy Fund of theNew England Yearly Meeting (as it is called). Andrew is a member of the NEYM Right Relationship Resource Group that reinforces Monthly Meetings' desire to improve relations with the peoples who were at home in this region before colonization. The group has distributed a formal Letter of Apology to Native Americans on behalf of the Yearly Meeting and is encouraging ongoing dialog with representatives of local tribes.
Andrew carries a travel minute from his home meeting. A ministry oversight committee inhis monthly meeting provides moral support and accountability. His work isfurther guided by a two-spirit Indigenous elder Strong Oak (Abenaki) ofVisioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition. He is a trainer in theirWalking In Balance With All Our Relations circle process. They are working withothers to form a Land Justice Affinity Group, to catalyze conversations betweenland holders and Indigenous communities.
Quaker Indigenous Boarding Schools: Facing Our History and Ourselves
A trained facilitator with Toward Right Relationship With Native Peoples,Andrew worked with Paula Palmer and Gail Melix (Herring Pond Wampanoag) topresent this program at Beacon Hill Friends House in October 2022.
For the last several months, Andrew has been engaged in archival research inthe Quaker collection at the University of Massachusetts, looking into Quaker'sinvolvement in "Indian education" and the forced assimilation ofchildren. He has been invited to visit the special collection at HaverfordCollege specifically to review material related to the Associated ExecutiveCommittee on Indian Affairs, the means by which Quakers collaborated across YearlyMeeting lines.