the issues we face
Our people experience the highest rates of poverty in the United States.
According to the U.S. Census, over 1 in 4 American Indians are in poverty. This brings disproportionate incarceration rates, teen suicide, unemployment, high school dropout, diabetes, domestic violence, and substance abuse.
Many of the issues facing Indian communities have deep socio-political roots—roots that reflect a long history of systemic and structural racism and oppression, including the criminalization of Indian ceremonies and languages, the dissolution of the tribal family structure, forced relocation and mass incarceration.
For many of our clients, it is not necessarily one single issue that is being dealt with—i.e. substance abuse—but an entire bundle of overlapping and simultaneous issues.