Prayers to be used the weekend before Indigenous Peoples Day (Columbus Day)
Let us enter into a time of prayer.
This week we celebrate(d) Indigenous People’s Day in the Twin Cities. Creator God, we thank you for the indigenous people who opened their doors to us and who continue to teach us about caring for your creation, caring for each other as brothers and sisters and our connectedness with all living things. Indigenous peoples also teach us about honoring our elders. Yet we must also remember the grim statistics (Bureau of Justice statistics & National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Lakota People’s Law Project).
- Native Americans are incarcerated at a rate 38% higher than the national average
- Native American youths are 30% more likely than whites to be referred to juvenile court than have charges dropped.
- Native Americans are more likely to be killed by police than any other racial group.
- Native American men are incarcerated at four times the rate of white men; Native American women are incarcerated at six times the rate of white women.
- Native Americans fall victim to violent crime at more than double the rate of all other US citizens, according to BJS reports.
- Eighty-eight percent of violent crime committed against Native American women is carried out by non-Native perpetrators.
Lord of mercy, these are our neighbors, our brothers and sisters and we bear responsibility.
L: God of mercy,
C: hear our prayer.