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Native American Suicide Prevention Act HR 1599

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 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 dying also. Please help us by signing this petition to Congress and help get this bill passed. Here is a link to the bill - http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/house-bill/1599

 

(To Groups:

 

Endorse the Native American Suicide Prevention Act, H.R. 1599

 

Suicide in any shape or form is truly heartbreaking. Our nation’s Native Americans face the highest suicide of any ethnic group in the United States.

To help our tribal communities and to address the crisis of suicide across our nation, Rep. Grijalva introduced H.R. 1599 to require state or state sponsored organizations to make a reasonable effort to consult with Native American Indian Tribes in the crafting of and implementation of their suicide intervention and prevention strategies. This is a bi-partisan bill and does not require any additional funding.

 

If your group is interested in endorsing, you simply need to send an email to Chris.Kaumo@mail.house.gov saying your organization endorses.

 

 

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To Congressional Offices:

 

Co-sponsor the Native American Suicide Prevention Act, H.R. 1599

 

Suicide in any shape or form is truly heartbreaking. Our nation’s Native Americans face the highest suicide of any ethnic group in the United States.

To help our tribal communities and to address the crisis of suicide across our nation, Rep. Grijalva introduced H.R. 1599 to require state or state sponsored organizations to make a reasonable effort to consult with Native American Indian Tribes in the crafting of and implementation of their suicide intervention and prevention strategies.  This is a bi-partisan bill and does not require any additional funding.

 

If your boss is interested in cosponsoring, please email Chris.Kaumo@mail.house.gov.

 

 


Letter to
United States Congress House Committee on Energy and Commerce and Congress
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
and 4 others
Arizona State House
Arizona State Senate
President of the United States
Arizona Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to: House Committee on Energy and Commerce and Congress.

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Approve H.R.4467 -- Native American Suicide Prevention Act of 2012

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. This young lady called her mother to ask her to say, “I love you," and when her mother said those words, she pulled the trigger. 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 dying also. Please help us by signing this petition to Congress and help get this bill passed.
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Sincerely,