It is a shocking fact that according to the centers for Disease Control, the top two conditions that are responsible for Native American deaths on reservations is heart disease and cancer. The third is accidental deaths due to poor living conditions and inadequate supplies as poverty is a sad fact of life that is overwhelmingly common for most families living on reservations.
If it were not for many traveling doctors and nurses who are indigenous nations people themselves who have taken an avid interest in the health of their people, many poor health conditions and needs would go unmet.
While groups like Borders without Doctors are very important and well-appreciated for all they do and offer tribal communities, it’s even more vital that the communities themselves invest in health careers. In this way, American Indian people can begin to help their own communities and even inspire other tribal members of the rewarding medical careers that are available to them. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
The American Indian nurses Association is a civil rights group consisting of tribal members who either are nurses or medical assistants that are committed to improving the health and living conditions of all American Indians throughout the United States.
The AINA can be found hosting health screenings, supplying donated medicines for critically ill Natives, providing furthered educational programs concerning Indian health and a host of other vital work that has improved the lives of people living on reservations that are underprivileged and largely neglected by the government.
The AINA exists solely out of generous donations and sponsorships from charitable groups and funds like the Frontera Fund that is owned and operated by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
The Frontera Fund was established from a loss suit the two journalists won after gross misconduct and wrongful arrest by Sheriff Joe Arpaio when the two exposed his misgivings in their local Arizona newspaper. After an outraged cry from local residents for their release, Arpaio let them go 24 hrs. later and dropped all charges.
A whopping $3.75 million was ordered by the courts as restitution and Larking and Lacey have been working hard to make sure immigrants and others are not discriminated against and receive their own compensation.
The two have supported many wonderful noble causes since the fund’s establishment including the Center for Neighborhood Leadership which trains young family members in valuable skills and other impertinent knowledge for earning an income.
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