Yakima Valley, Washington
Home: Yakima Valley, Washington
Home Congregation: Seattle Mennonite Church
Occupation: Founder and cochair of the Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery and executive director of a Dispute Resolution Center in central Washington State.
Sarah Augustine, who is a Pueblo (Tewa) descendant, is the founder and cochair of the Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery and the executive director of a Dispute Resolution Center in central Washington state. She is also the co-founder of Suriname Indigenous Health Fund (SIHF), through which, she has advocated for vulnerable Indigenous peoples since 2004. She has represented the interests of Indigenous community partners to their own governments, the Inter-American development bank, the United Nations, the Organization of American States Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the World Health Organization (WHO) and a host of other international actors, including corporate interests. She employs shuttle diplomacy and group decision-making strategies to de-escalate conflict and establish common ground between Indigenous communities and external interests. She has written for Sojourners, The Mennonite, Anabaptist Witness and Response Magazine. Augustine is currently a columnist for Anabaptist World and co-hosts the Doctrine of Discovery podcast with Sheri Hostetler. She and her husband, Dan Peplow, as well as their son, live in the Yakima Valley in Washington state. She is the author of the book, "The Land Is Not Empty: Following Jesus in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery."