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Thursday, May 19, 2016

13 Issues Facing Native People Beyond Mascots And Casinos

  1. Native Americans face issues of mass incarceration and policing.
  2. Native communities are often impoverished and jobless.
  3. The federal government is still stripping Native people of their land.
  4. Exploitation of natural resources threatens Native communities.
  5. Violence against women and children is especially prevalent in Native communities.
  6. The education system is failing Native students.
  7. Native families live in overcrowded, poor-quality housing.
  8. Native patients receive inadequate health care.
  9. There’s a dearth of capital and financial institutions in Native communities.
  10. Native Americans have the right to vote... but that’s not always enough.
  11. There is an epidemic of youth suicide in Native communities.
  12. Native languages are dying, and the U.S. government is doing little to help.
  13. Many Native communities do not have their rights recognized by the federal government.