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Received this e-mail today from Senator John Walsh (D. MT):
It’s absolutely shameful: American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian children are the most at-risk population in the country.

The statistics are staggering. Native children are more likely to be victims of child abuse, more likely to end up in foster homes, and have a suicide rate that’s 2.5 times the national average. And since 2000, child mortality rates for Native children have actually increased by 15 percent.

The status quo for Native children is simply unacceptable, and we have a moral obligation to do right by these children. That’s why I co-sponsored a bipartisan bill to examine and address the challenges facing Native American children.

This bill advanced through the Senate committee with overwhelming support – now we need to make sure Congress passes this bill and it’s signed into law.

Click here to send a clear message to Congress: Native children need a better chance to succeed. Pass this legislation to protect and support Native children.

There’s just no way around it: the federal government has failed our American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian children.

That’s why it’s high time we took action to better protect and support Native children in this country.

Please join me in calling on Congress to pass this bill so we can give Native children the kind of opportunities they deserve.

Tell Congress right now: the status quo for Native children is unacceptable. Pass this bill so we can support and protect the most at-risk population in the country.

Thank you for doing the right thing.

John Walsh

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Originally posted to pdc on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 02:11 PM PDT.

Also republished by Youth Kos 2.0, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, Montana Kossaks, Barriers and Bridges, and Native American Netroots.

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