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Should anyone who participated in oppression of native peoples be made a saint?

The Ohlone suffered greatly under the Spanish
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohlone#Mission_era_(1769%E2%80%931833)

"Indians brought into the missions were not allowed to leave, and if they tried they were shackled and severely beaten. They were used as forced labour to build out the Mission’s farming projects. They were fed atrociously, separated from close family members and packed into tight living quarters that often became miasmas of disease and death."
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/23/pope-francis-junipero-serra-sainthood-washington-california

"...while many natives were lured to join the missions out of curiosity and sincere desire to participate and engage in trade, many found themselves trapped once they were baptised"
https://kids.kiddle.co/Spanish_missions_in_California#Franciscans_and_native_conscription

"A baptized Indian person was no longer free ... but had to labor and worship at the mission under the strict observance of the priests and overseers, who herded them to daily masses and labors. If an Indian did not report for their duties for a period of a few days, they were searched for, and if it was discovered that they had left without permission, they were considered runaways. Large-scale military expeditions were organized to round up the escaped neophytes. Sometimes, the Franciscans allowed neophytes to escape the missions, or they would allow them to visit their home village. However, the Franciscans would only allow this so that they could secretly follow the neophytes. Upon arriving to the village and capturing the runaways, they would take back Indians to the missions, sometimes as many as 200 to 300 Indians."

Native Americans were enslaved by the Spanish missionaries.

How many slaved away and died to create the artichoke farm in what is now San Pedro Valley Park?

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