Originally published 10/02/2015
Visitors to California missions don't usually notice the whipping posts. Serra is the one who began the practice of having Native Americans whipped.
Originally published 09/30/2015
The legacy of Father Serra, who was canonized last week, has been disputed by Native Americans who say he oppressed their forebears as he worked to convert them to Catholicism.
Originally published 09/23/2015
Pope Francis on Wednesday canonized Junipero Serra, a Spanish missionary, a moment of deep pride for Latinos but a source of controversy for many Native Americans.
Originally published 09/22/2015
Steven W. Hackel
Serra may be remembered for whipping Indians, but the Pope hopes he'll serve to remind Americans of their Hispanic roots.
Originally published 09/04/2015
A conversation with myself.
Originally published 09/01/2015
Only one consequence of l’affaire Serra is agreed upon by all parties as a positive: It has opened up discussion of a tragic chapter in California history, one of which even many educated people are ignorant.
Originally published 01/22/2015
Indian historians and authors blame Father Serra for the suppression of their culture and the premature deaths at the missions of thousands of their ancestors.
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