There are many people outside and inside of this country who believe that America is perfect, that our government protects and aids the individuals that live here. It was mind blowing to me while visiting Arizona, last year for a school trip that there are hundreds if not thousands of Native Americans who live on reservations. The students who attended a high school in FlagStaff, Arizona began to explain to me how the living and health conditions of the Native Americans worsened after the Arizona SB 1070 act was passed. One of the students exclaimed "They just pushed the natives of this country to the land they didn't want or find to be useful for growing or building things."
Most of the Native American population is sick, with diseases such as alcoholism, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and malnutrition. The average life expectancy is 45 years old. Over 60% of the houses they live in are infected with mold and other things. There is an assumption that the ads you see on TV about poverty only exist in a country outside of ours, it is very rarely thought or talked about that there is a large percentage of people who are in poverty here on our homeleand.
I am from a public high school in center city in Philadelphia; if a person does not live in a state where there are reservations; it is very rare that it will be talked about in a city environment like my own. I feel like if people across the nation knew about the conditions the people who accentors founded this country lived in we could make a change. If our government won’t help them, we sure can. Americans is what makes this country not the government. Americans never give up or leave one of our own to live in poverty. Please help me make a change and get the governments attention so that we can make a difference and show what Americans really stand for.
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