Steven T. Newcomb (Lenape, Shawnee) is an 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 fifteen century and their destructive impact on the Original Nations and Peoples of the planet. 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” directed and produced by Sheldon Wolfchild (Dakota). The film is based on Steven’s book and his extensive body of research. In 1992, Newcomb and Birgil Kills Straight (1940-2019), who was a Traditional Headman and Elder of the Oglala Lakota Nation, founded the Indigenous Law Institute and called upon Pope John Paul II to officially revoke the papal bull of May 4, 1493 and other such decrees.
In May 2016, Newcomb met with Pope Francis prior to a meeting that same day with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in Vatican City to advocate for a revocation of the papal bulls of the fifteenth century and their patterns of domination and dehumanization.
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