i have always volunteered my time and skills when i have been able to do so. nowhere have i had a greater pull towards than the rosebud & pine ridge reservations in south dakota. i plan someday to find a way to assemble a team of medical volunteers to offer healthcare to the people of those areas... the level of healthcare that they deserve. not just for a day or a week or a month, but for a few years. long enough to help combat the serious health issues nai's face that often go untreated... alcoholism, mental health, obesity, diabetes...
maybe it's a dream, but someday i hope to somehow in someway make a difference for the lakota people in sd.
it really makes me sick to think that this sort of thing is allowed in this country. the conditions under which so many nai's are subjected to live seem so farfetched to the people who drive around in their nice shiny new bmw's and drive home to their multi-million dollar homes. how could there be such a huge socioeconomic divide? how could people only a few miles away live in homes with dirt floors when others get marble imported from italy to adorn their foyers? it's hard to wrap your brain around such a thing... to acknowledge how terribly wrong the government has treated the nai's. and how it continues to this day...
i know it happens to everyday to all kinds of people, but this is personal. i know i am only one person, but if enough people made enough of an effort to work towards positive change i believe something really good could come of it.
"you may say i'm a dreamer, but i'm not the only one." - john lennon
if filmmaker michael moore really wanted to shock the world about the lack of health care in the united states, he should have taken his film crew to an indian reservation for scenes in his recent documentary “sicko.”
imagine avis littlewind, a 14-year-old who was lying curled in the fetal position for 90 days before killing herself because no treatment center existed to help her.
on wednesday, the senate committee on indian affairs held a field hearing on the crow reservation to collect testimony from native people suffering at the hands of the indian health service, which is funded at barely half of its need.
read article in its entirety:
Sep 29, '07
One suggestion is....many large cities have an Indian Center to help serve the cultural needs of its members. Contact your local Indian center....networking here is a good start.
I noticed soapaddictOh that you are in Ohio. A starting place:
Native American Indian Center, 67 E Innis Ave, Columbus, OH 43207
67 E Innis Ave, Columbus, OH 4320
American Indian Education Center, 1314 Denison Ave, Cleveland, OH 44109
(216) 351-4488 americanindianeducationcenter.net
1314 Denison Ave, Cleveland, OH 44109
Each state/city have them....connect, explore the opportunities, and some may even have trips out to a particular Rez.
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