PC(USA) leaders issue apology

PC(USA) leaders issue apology to Native Americans, Alaska natives, and native Hawaiians

Feb. 9, 2017
By Jasmine Clark
Development and Communications Assistant, Presbyterian Historical Society
Randy Hobson
Manager of Design and Multimedia, Office of the General Assembly

Some of the historic wrongs done by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) against America’s native peoples are being made right this week as top leaders of the denomination issue a formal apology for harms inflicted.

The Reverend J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, and the Reverend Gradye Parsons, former Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, traveled to the northernmost city in the United States—Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska—to apologize to Native Americans, Alaska natives, and native Hawaiians.

The apology comes as the result of action by the 222nd General Assembly (2016), which directs “that the PC(USA) and its members apologize to United States citizens of Native American ancestry, both those within and beyond our denomination. We offer this apology especially to those who were and are part of ‘stolen generations’ during the Indian-assimilation movement, namely former students of Indian boarding schools, their families, and their communities” (Minutes, 2016, Part I, p. 711 of the electronic file).  Read more on the PC(USA) News site.

  • The Proclamation of Forgiveness offered by North Slope Borough Mayor, Harry S. Brower, Jr. can be found in in the day 3, Part 3 recording of the Kivgiq event.  I hope we can get permission to pull the mayor's segment out of this, long video for future reference.  However, you can find it easily at about an hour (Precisely, at 1:02:00 ) into this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=tshc5mwli6