Published April 22, 2016
MUSCOGEE CREEK NATION – Making its way through Oklahoma on its way across America to Washington, D.C., the Longest Walk 5 – War on Drugs and Domestic Violence stopped by the Muscogee Creek Nation on Wednesday.
Lesah A. Deere-Yargee
, a full-blooded Muscogee Creek, focuses on Native women in the area who have encountered domestic violence. She is a victim advocate for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Family Violence Prevention Program.
Mrs. Deere-Yargee said:
“I believe that along with many factors of domestic violence, it is a learned behavior that needs to be unlearned. As human beings we are born with innocence and purity in our hearts and spirit. Many times we have been taught to see through the eyes of a child – the love, the trust, as we learn to eespect each other as human beings. No one deserves to be treated any less. As we walk through this world we encounter many people from different cultures, traditions and beliefs – I don’t believe the Creator placed any of one us here to judge, to change, or hurt the spirit of another human being.
I do not know how or when a person becomes abusive but maybe when we begin to understand that a victim’s spirit was broken. Then maybe we can learn to be more compassionate and willing to help them heal with showing our love, our support and patience.
As Native people I believe we need to remember who we were born to be, we need to slow down. We need to begin to talk about these issues and listen to one another, listening from one heart to another as we share our stories. “