Increase Healthcare and Education on Native American Reservations

Target: U.S. Congress

Goal: To pressure Congress to draft legislation that would increase educational opportunities and healthcare on Native American reservations.

Almost one million Native Americans currently live on reservations. Conditions on indigenous reservations have often been compared to conditions in third-world countries. With unemployment rates as high as 70% percent, it is clear that greater education and employment opportunities need to be made available. Also, almost one-third of Native Americans live at or below the poverty line, many of whom only earn income through veteran’s or disability checks. Native Americans have long suffered a history of dispossession of resources and systematic racial discrimination. It is increasingly evident that the United States Federal Government needs to do much more to alleviate poverty among Native American tribes, starting with better health programs and educational opportunities.

Tragic examples of systematic educational and healthcare discrimination can be seen on two Sioux reservations in South Dakota–Pine Ridge and Rosebud. These reservations exemplify some of the country’s poorest living conditions. There is also an epidemic of teenage suicide, and life expectancy is about 50 years. Additionally, the Oglala Sioux reservation’s average per capita income is around $7,000 a year.

It becomes increasingly obvious that public and secondary educational opportunities need to be greater in order to combat staggeringly high unemployment rates. It is also obvious that healthcare allocation needs to increase on reservations, which should include vast increases in mental health programs, since the suicide rate among Native Americans is higher than the national average.

Sign this petition and show policy makers that systematic discrimination against Native Americans needs to be mitigated, starting in important areas such as education and healthcare.

PETITION LETTER

Dear U.S. Congress,

Native Americans have long suffered a history of dispossession of resources and systematic racial discrimination. Congress must collaborate with national education and healthcare agencies in order to better the living conditions that Native Americans have been subjected to. Native American living conditions on reservations have been compared to living conditions in third-world countries.

Tragic examples of systematic educational and healthcare discrimination can be seen on two Sioux reservations in South Dakota–Pine Ridge and Rosebud. These reservations exemplify some of the country’s poorest living conditions. There is also an epidemic of teenage suicide, and life expectancy is about 50 years. Additionally, the Oglala Sioux reservation’s average per capita income is around $7,000 a year.

The United States Federal Government must combat suicide rates, health care shortages, and inadequate educational opportunities (and subsequently, unemployment rates) within reservations in order to combat age-old systematic discrimination against indigenous peoples of the U.S.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Why are the true original Americans lost citizens of our country?

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