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Native American Suicide Prevention Act of 2013 – Amends the Public Health Service Act to require a state or state-designated eligible entity, as a condition of receiving a grant or cooperative agreement for development or implementation of a statewide youth suicide early intervention and prevention strategy, to agree to consult with each federally recognized Indian tribe and tribal organization and each urban Indian organization regarding such development or implementation.

This bill needs some media attention along with someone willing to be a spokes person for it. This bill means so much to me that the past two years I have been advocating for it. So please take your time and look this bill up and get your rep today to co-sponsor this bill.  Here is a email from office REP. RAÚL M. GRIJALVA (AZ-03)  Your can email Chris Kaumo and please CC: me at thank you so much and have a great day.


Hi Rayna,
Apologies for the delay in my reponse. It is Appropriations time up here on the Hill, so our email is flooded with requests!
I have been receiving their emails, and I will respond to them this week.
While I appreciate their support of the bill, what we really need are to get other Members of Congress to cosponsor it – so it would be more helpful if the people contact their own Congressperson directly and ask them to cosponsor the bill.
Currently we have, 14 cosponsors:
Rep Barber, Ron [D-AZ-2] – 2/25/2014
Rep Cardenas, Tony [D-CA-29] – 6/25/2013
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] – 3/4/2014
Rep Kirkpatrick, Ann [D-AZ-1] – 3/4/2014
Rep Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3] – 2/25/2014
Rep McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4] – 10/16/2013
Rep McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2] – 2/27/2014
Rep Miller, Gary G. [R-CA-31] – 4/17/2013 *
Rep Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4] – 12/23/2013
Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32] – 4/17/2013 *
Rep Negrete McLeod, Gloria [D-CA-35] – 6/14/2013
Rep Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2] – 6/25/2013
Rep Rangel, Charles B. [D-NY-13] – 6/25/2013
Rep Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20] – 2/25/2014
Additionally, If you know of orgs. that deal with Native American Issues and/or Mental Health Issues, and they want to officially endorse the bill, have them let me know. That would be very helpful as well. Whatever their process is (resolution, board vote, etc.) – even if it just an email to me saying they officially endorse. I can then list them when I send out the Dear Colleague, and that might convince other Members to sign on. Again, this is for groups and organizations – not individual people.
Thanks Rayna – talk to you soon!
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  1. We at have contacted Congressman Grijalva to see how our community can help to get this bill passed We are here for you in anyway we can.We are founded & run by full bloods We are not a fluff page Our Community
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