Life on the Reservation

 Life on the Reservations is difficult.  Hopelessness is high.....a Savior is needed.  Christians on the Reservations number about 5%.
  • Native Americans are the #1 poverty group in the United States today.
  • Encouragement is vital.
  • Some live with no electricity, no running water, no phone, inadequate housing, hours to travel for healthcare & shopping, living conditions comparable to third-world countries.
  • Children are treasured.
  • Unemployment ranges from 35% to 85%, depending on the reservation. 
  • Encouragement is vital.
  • From 30-43% of Native American children are living in poverty.
  • Determination can be found.
  • The high school dropout rate for Native American students is 30 to 70%, depending on the reservation and the state, with about 11% of Native Americans having a college degee; this is less than half the national average.
  • Encouragement is vital.
  • Nearly 23% of Native American households experience food insecurity, the highest of any ethnic group in the U.S. Food insecurity includes resource constraints that limit the ability to buy food, concerns about running out of food, not eating so the children can eat,or experiencing persistent hunger.
  • Families bond.
  • Rates of drug & alcohol addictions are among the highest in the nation.
  • Encouragement is vital.
  • Suicide rates for Native Americans between the ages of 15 and 24 are 3 times the national average, suicide is the second leading cause of death for their age group.
  • Tenacity abounds.
  • Native Americans have a diabetes epidemic — the highest in the U.S. The tuberculosis rate for Native Americans is 7 times hgher. Cancer-related disparities for Native Americans are higher than for any minority group in the U.S., mainly due to poverty and lack of access.
  • Encouragement is vital.
  • There is a housing crisis in Native country.  About 90,000 Native American  families are homeless or under-housed and 40% of on-reservation housing is        considered inadequate.
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  • Native Americans die at higher rates than other Americans from alcoholism, tuberculosis, diabetes, accidents, homicide and suicide.  They have limited access to preventive services including cancer screening, immunizations and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.  Not surprisingly, their life expectancy is six years shorter than the general population. 
  • Encouragement is vital.



  •  Facts taken from National Relief Charities, 2013; US Census Bureau, 2013;
  •  Facts Shery has learned through her relationships, 2013