White Christian Colonialism Persists In Schools, Language, Politics, says Tink Tinker Of Iliff School Of Theology

When he looks around at schools, politics, and even language in the United States, Tink Tinker sees that what he calls white Christian colonialism is alive and well. A member of the Osage nation, the retired professor spent his career at Denver’s Iliff School of Theology teaching people about indigenous cultures. Iliff has launched a program to continue Tinker’s work.

During a wide-ranging interview, Tinker tells Colorado Matters that as recently as the mid-1970s, Iliff itself had a book on display that was a gruesome example of how colonialism was still evident on school grounds. The book was presented as a special gift to Iliff by a Methodist minister in 1893 shortly after the school’s inception. It was a rare book — a history of Christianity dated 1759 — bound in the flayed and tanned skin of a murdered American Indian.

Listen to Tinker on Colorado Matters at cpr.org

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