Nation Relief Fund
The great American Tragedy
10 facts every American should know:
Most elderly American Indians receive no pension
The Pine Ridge Reservation includes two of the lowest per capita
income counties in
Native Americans have some of the highest teenage suicide rates in the
One-third of those living on the Rosebud Reservation are considered
59% of Rosebud residents live in substandard housing
Those living on the Pine Ridge Reservation have a median income of
Many elderly American Indians are totally dependent on others for
63% of those on the Pine Ridge Reservation live below the poverty line
Thousands of Native Americans dont have easy access to health care
and food supplies because of a lack of any public transportation on
The majority of Native Americans receive no benefits from the gaming
Indian Relief Council
voucher is so you can sign and return it, to be included with a life
saving delivery of firewood that will help Elders and families survive
the harsh winter. One such Elder is Jim Jona, who -- to survive the
winter -- had been picking desert shrubs to burn in his wood stove that
were so dry, they burned up before they could warm the house. Jim broke
down and cried when he received his wood saying:
I have been praying and I prayed to the
white man's God (meaning the father and God in heaven over all) and my
prayers are answered.
A fuel worker checking up on Jim later, reported that he was
careful not to waste the wood and would only put two pieces of wood on
at a time and add coal to make it last longer. In addition to Jim, a
local outreach worker found other families in this remote area that were
burning old clothing in order to cook and warm the house.
The SWIRC program was able to provide wood to these grateful
people... but not all Native Americans are so lucky.
Indian Relief Council
Many Elders are
homebound and are left to worry about their health or how they will heat
their homes. If they are fortunate to have food, many of them would give
it away to their children or grandchildren before they would allow them
to go hungry.
You can see why this one meal would mean so much to a widow whose only
meal may be the nutritious Thanksgiving meal provided by you and the
American Indian Relief Council.
Navajo Relief Fund
Today a hearty, nutritious meal is too often a
remote possibility for those living on these reservations as food is
often neglected in favor of paying rent or heating their homes. With
unemployment rates soaring to an unbelievable 35%-85%, there is
sometimes little to be thankful for.