- Sep 24, 2020
Catholic leaders have joined their voices with members of the Navajo Nation in opposing the Aug. 26 scheduled execution of Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on federal death row.
The only Native American on federal death row is scheduled to be executed in late August, the U.S. government announced Wednesday.
Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez has asked Catholics of the archdiocese to invoke the intercession of St. Junipero Serra “for this nation that he helped to found.”
As the coronavirus digs deeper into Navajo Nation, infecting Native Americans at a higher rate than anywhere in the country, 1,500 miles away a nonprofit in the Archdiocese of Louisville is working to ease the suffering.
Few places in the U.S. have been more vulnerable to the wrath of the coronavirus than the sovereign tribal territories of the country’s first dwellers.