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United Methodist Women Blog About the Rights of Indigenous People

On Wednesday, May 9, 2012, Jalisa Ross, a United Methodist college student from Oklahoma and short-term intern at the Church Center for the United Nations, addressed the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

A blog posted this week at United Methodist Women chronicles some of musings by Ms. Ross, as well as reflections from staff writer Mary Beth Coudal and chaplain Kathleen Stone.

In her address to the United Nations, Ms. Ross stated, “My brothers and sisters, though I am speaking on behalf of the church, I am also a victim of this violent crime against humanity, called the Doctrine of Discovery. Grasp each other, hold tight to each other. Because it is only by moving forward together, will we make change happen.” 

Ms. Ross is attending this forum after representing her community at “An Act of Repentance Toward Healing Relationships with Indigenous People” at the United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida last week. Of that experience, Ms. Ross remarked on the blog, “Apologies mean nothing to us anymore. The world has been apologizing to us for decades, yet nothing ever changes. Your actions will speak louder than anything you can do…” 

Read more at the blog: umwomen.wordpress.com

Last Updated: 04/08/2014

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