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Dying in Indian Country - a Story of Inspiration

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I see true elders feeling defeated. Young people won't listen to how the elders want to handle the situation. Seeing this disrespect is hurtful to me. It can be no wonder that Indian people are tired and depressed. Not only do many feel alienated from the United States Government, but many tribal governments can't be trusted either. Through this depression and loss of hope, people are dying of alcoholism, drug abuse, suicide and violence. Some die quickly, others die slowly. Some live years but are dead in their hearts. If the current system is so good for Native people, why is this happening? If our community is full of hopelessness, drug abuse, violence, and hate, what good all the assets we have left anyway? Is there a way to make the situation more healthy for everyone without giving up tribal assets? Can we work this out so that elders feel they are heard, tribal members get what they need, and non-members aren't trod on? With the current epidemic of corruption on Indian Reservations, how could tribal members be better protected? It is clear to us that some kind of discussion needs to begin. We can't continue to sit back and watch relatives die. Lastly, pain, rejection and persecution are not factors isolated to one people group. In fact, all people have their own crosses to bear, pain to hide. Christ went to the cross, beaten and spit upon, but blaming no one and without self-pity. If we are to come together as people, we must follow his example of forgiveness. "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, and pray for those that spitefully use you and persecute you. That you may be sons of your father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your Brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore, you shall be perfect, just as your father in heaven is perfect." Matthew 5:44-48 Native Americans are not more "needy" then anyone else. In fact, Native Americans are just as good, just as evil, just as productive and just as non-productive, as any other people.