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Old 10-21-2004, 01:03 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Kakeeya
Did you beautiful, intelligent and amazing Native American people know... That 1 in every 130 people living in the US today is a Native American? That while our national Native American population is small (2,416,410)....... we have the highest population of any race enlisted in the Armed Forces? That the words "Miami", "Chicago", "Cuba", & "Potomac" are all derived from Native American words? That the names of over half the states in the US came from Native American languages? For example, "Oklahoma" is from the Choctaw language meaning "home of the red people". "Utah" is what the Ute people named themselves. "Kentucky" is from the Iroquois language meaning "planted field".

Did you beautiful, intelligent and amazing Native American people know... That 75% of the Native American workforce earn less than $7,000 per year? That 45% of Native American's live below poverty line? 38% of those living below the poverty line are aged 6 to 11 years old. That the national average of unemployment for Native American's is 45%? That the unemployment rate on some reservations is as high as 90%? That 45% of Native American mothers have their first child under the age of 20? This is more than double the rate of any other ethnic group.

Did you beautiful, intelligent and amazing Native American people know... That 46% of our Native American people have NO electricity? That 54% of our Native American people have NO indoor plumbing? That 82% of our Native American people DO NOT have a phone?

Did you beautiful, intelligent and amazing Native American people know...
That ONLY 52% of our Native American children graduate high-school? That ONLY 17% of our Native American kids attend college? That ONLY 4% of our Native American youth GRADUATE college? That ONLY 2% of our Native American youth attend graduate school?

Did you beautiful, intelligent and amazing Native American people know...
That alcohol mortality is 627% greater than ALL other races combined? That the alcoholism death rate for Native American's ages 15-24 years old is more than 17 times the comparable rate of other American's? That Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is 33 times higher in Native American's than ALL other races combined? That Tuberculosis is 533% greater than ALL other races combined? That Diabetes is 6.8 times greater in Native American's than ALL other races combined? That Pneumonia and Influenza is 61% greater in Native American's than ALL other races combined? That there are 962 Native American men and women who have HIV? That there are 2,537 Native American men and women living with AIDS? That one in six Native American adolescents has attempted suicide. That's four times the national average. That homicide is 63% greater in Native American's? Homicide is the second leading cause of death among Native's 14 years old and YOUNGER and the third >> > leading cause of death for Native's 15-24 years old. That Native American's die younger than any other race? 13% of Native American deaths are under the age of 25 compared to only 4% of the national average.
Did you beautiful, intelligent and amazing Native American people know... Native American's are the only ethnic group mentioned in the US Constitution? That there have been more treaties, agreements, federal legislation, and executive orders written
concerning Native American's than any other single group in the history of this country?
"The utmost good faith shall always be observed towards Indians; their lands and property shall never be taken from them without their consent." Congress, 1789
"No wrong will ever be done to you by our nation." Thomas Jefferson, 1804
Now, are these shocking to you? Do you find these statistics disturbing? Or do they not even bother you? My beautiful, intelligent and amazing brother's and sister's...WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO NOT ONLY BETTER YOUR LIFE, BUT THE LIVES OF OUR PEOPLE?
Think about it... Food for thought. Praise God and count your blessings.
:Angel2


I don't know where you got the stats but what you can also include for Canadian Indians: we make up 3% of the population but we average around 16-18% of the total incarceration rate. We serve longer sentences, stay in higher security longer, get sent back to prison sooner for technical reasons. There is more but it gets really depressing after that. The reason I know is that, as some may know I am a parole officer. I went to a reserve today and was told by the Chief and Council that their youth start drinking and experimenting with drugs and sex as early as 9 years old. This is "consensual sex" between children the same age. Sexual assault is a different story. This same Chief and Council told me that they have approximately 60 children under the age of 16 in their community of 100 full-time residents and there isn't one child who was not traumatized by sexual abuse in one form or another. I have been to numerous reserves in BC and the stories are frighteningly similar at all of them.
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