On April 23, 2020 the Native American International Caucus wrote a LETTER calling upon legislators to take a stand to reverse the Department of Interior’s decision on March 27, 2020 to disestablish and revoke the Mashpee Wampanoag tribal reservation status. This would be problematic at any time considering the history of the relationship between the first colonists and later the US government, but it is incomprehensible in the midst of the fight against COVID-19. Read more about the historical and political aspects of this case in a UMNews service ARTICLE. Take Action HERE.
#MMIW #MMIWG - more than just hashtags - these letters began to be used by hundreds of families who refuse to let their daughters, mothers, sisters, and aunties be forgotten!
Tuesday May 5, 2020 by Suzanne Wenonah Duchesne, excerpted from an article first published in EasternPA NewSpirit Digest May 2020.
The #MeToo movement has brought attention to the staggering number of women who have experienced sexual harassment in their lifetime. The pain and emotional toll are unimaginable, not to mention the loss of income due to lifelong challenges and the generational impact on families as women struggle to survive and heal. When those numbers are placed under a statistical magnifying glass an even clearer and more sinister picture appears.
An analysis of the Department of Justice National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) reveals that rates of rape and other sexual assaults are higher for American Indian and Alaska Native women compared to both African American and white women (Bachman et al. 2008). If that isn't enough, the maze of jurisdictional authorities that must be negotiated to bring charges and the shame associated with these crimes means that these reported numbers are under representative of the true situation.
Report to NEJNAMC on attending the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Sharon Schmit UNY CoNAM & Treasurer for NEJNAMC Executive Committee
Reflecting on my experience, I now have a question. How do we help raise the voice of our native brothers and sisters’ stories to a level that those in power will hear and respond with meaningful actions? The testimonies shared brought home the need for every member of the United Methodist Church to continue raising awareness of injustices and to stand in solidarity with our Native brothers and sisters. Read more in the official report below.
The Ongoing Act of Repentance
by Patricia Parent,