Professor Michelle Schenandoah Discusses the Impact of the Vatican Rejecting the “Doctrine of Discovery” on Indigenous People

In this Associated Press article, Professor Michelle Schenandoah comments on the recent development of the Vatican rejecting the “Doctrine of Discovery” that legitimized the colonial-era seizure of Native lands and form the basis of some property laws today.

“This goes beyond land. It really has created generation upon generation of genocidal policies directed towards Indigenous peoples. And I think that it’s time for these governments to take full accountability for their actions.”