Young teens and adults on many reservations have no guidance on proper life skills due to a poverished environment. Adolescent children see abuse, drugs, alcohol and crime in multi-generations and are looking for a way out. In our family, my wife had a teenage niece who committed suicide (by triggering a shotgun at close range) one year after giving her high school valedictorian speech. My wife is 31 and has also seen cousins, and friends die because of alcohol and drugs. One year before her cousin committed suicide; a close friend passed away in our home at 27 years old from excessive eating, drinking, drug abuse, and prescription medication. This was all treatable and tied to depression. She asked us for help, and we tried, but it was apparently too late and her body could take no more, and she died in her sleep. According to the National Institute of Mental Health a 2007 a census shows that American Indian and Alaska Natives suicide rates were the highest of all nationalities at 14.3 per 100,000, and it is only getting higher. My wife and I, this year started an organization called Native Cry Outreach Alliance (http://www.facebook.com/nativecry) and are looking forward to creating a physical environment where young Warriors can develop positive coping mechanisms. We are hoping to abolish suicide and slow death rates among these children. We are not alone; most reservations are developing similar types of organizations to stop their children from also dying. Please help us by signing this petition to Congress and help get this bill passed.
1. Be a part of something wonderful right from the beginning.
2. A few spare dollars will make sure the past lives on in happy memories.
3. You will also give a young Warrior hope for a successful future!
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