Damian Costello is the author of Black Elk: Colonialism and Lakota Catholicism (Orbis Books). He is director of post-graduate studies at NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community and the American co-chair of the Indigenous Catholic Research Fellowship.

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Indigenous Ghost Dance teaches love of Earth and Jesus, 'He Who Makes Live'

Perspective: Seen through the lens of the Ghost Dance, Christian faith is the most relevant spirituality for our haunting ecological context — one that integrates both the principles of harmony and salvation.


Pope Francis' visit to Canada is a time to embrace an Indigenous future

Commentary: By recognizing relationship and building patterns of atoning for our failings, we can grow out of our non-Indigenous cultural limitations, such as our disconnection from relationship with the life around us.

Rediscover sacred fire on the eve of the Nativity of St. John

On June 23, the eve of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, connect to an ancient tradition, "The Night of John's Fire," and rediscover fire not only as a survival tool or scorching threat, but also as a sacred presence.


What St. Patrick's prayer song teaches us about connecting with the land

Commentary: Known for converting Ireland, St. Patrick's relevance today comes from how the land of Ireland converted him.