Native American Author and Legal Scholar to Speak Sept. 10 on “The Doctrine of Discovery”

September 2, 2019
The talk by Steven T. Newcomb, who has been researching and writing for more than four decades on the origins of federal Indian law, is free and open to the public.

Steven T. Newcomb, an author and legal scholar of Native American descent (Lenape, Shawnee) will appear Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Wells College to speak on the topic, "The Doctrine of Discovery." His talk will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Thomas E. J. de Witt Lecture Hall—located in room 106 of Zabriskie Hall—and is free and open to the public.

Newcomb will also speak at numerous other nearby colleges and institutions between Sept. 5 and Sept. 13; for a full list, please click here to download the promotional poster.

Steven T. Newcomb is a noted Native American author and legal scholar. For more than four decades he has been researching and writing about the origins of federal Indian law and international law dating back to the early days of Western Christendom, most notably focused on what he calls the doctrine of Christian discovery and domination.

He is one of the foremost authorities on the Vatican papal decrees of the 15th century and their destructive impact on the Original Nations and Peoples of the planet. As he puts it, "the idea-system of domination found in Roman Catholic Church documents have resulted in the decimation of Original Nations and Peoples of Mother Earth, destroyed sacred life-ways and sustainable ecosystems, and deprived humanity of vitally important Teachings and Wisdom."

Newcomb is author of "Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery" (Fulcrum Publishing, 2008) and co-producer of the 2015 documentary film, "The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code," which was directed and produced by Sheldon Wolfchild (Dakota).

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