I'm a little late, but I have been busy with school and life.
So the Pope canonized the first Native American. My people, the Piscataway of Maryland (Eastern Woodlands) were converted to Catholicism in 1642 by the Father Andrew White and the Jesuits that came over in the Ark and the Dove. It was through the Catholic Church that our history was well-documented and our traditions were allowed to continue here on the east coast (far the most part). St. Ignatius Catholic Church only felt it was fitting to have the Piscataway, who lived right here on the East Coast when the Europeans arrived, come and do a small tribute as they erected a statue on their grounds. It was a lovely ceremony.
As of late, I have heard a lot of conspiracy behind the act, but for me personally, I will take it for how I see act. It was a blessed day.
Our current chief, Billy (Proctor) Tayac
I'm fifth from the left!