Monday, November 30, 2015

St. Stephen Supports Native Americans' Sovereignty

Here is a photo of the quilt square that represents St. Stephen UMC's support of the Mississippi Band of the Choctaw in its defense against Dollar General, which is resisting the prosecution of a supervisor for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old store intern. The quilt was made for St. Stephen by Cynthia Astle at the invitation of Rev. Nancy DeStefano and introduced to the congregation on Sunday, Nov. 29. Following is latest information from the organizations sponsoring a demonstration Dec. 7 in which the Monument Quilt will be displayed:

"FORCE and NIWRC are organizing a demonstration on December 7th at what could turn out to be the most devastating Supreme Court decisions for Native Americans in half a century.

"Despite the fact that its store supervisor sexually assaulted a 13-year-old, Dollar General is fighting the survivor’s family and the survivor’s tribe to avoid paying any penalty for the assault of a minor interning at their store. If ruled in Dollar General’s favor, this case would severely limit all American Indian Nations' ability to protect their citizen from crimes like the sexual assault this young person experienced.

"Native women experience sexual assault 2.5 more times than any other ethnic group. 88% of perpetrators of violence against Native women are non-Native. Sexual Assault in Indian Country is already at a crisis level and this decision could make it worse."

For more information, visit The Monument Quilt website.

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