Topic: RE: This board has been quiet for a long time...anyone else out there now??
Greetings from a Metis sister from Kanata - Born in Red Lake, Ontario - now living in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I am a new member and still learning about WL surgury. I also agree that Native Health Services or Public Health should help pay for the surgury.
Hope it's ok to share some 411 and yahoo groups with all my relations.
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To email Senator Tim Johnson
To mail or fax Senator Tim Johnson
136 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone (202) 224-5842
TDD (202) 224-8279
Fax (202) 228-5765
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Please include in ALL letters & emails your Name and mailing address. This is required info, without it, your letter will not be considered valid.
Some suggested issues for the focus of your letters:
The urgent need in Indian Country for housing and additional school classrooms
The lack of available housing in Indian Country
The substandard living conditions in the existing homes in Indian Country
The South Dakota Reservations have the highest poverty rate in the country.
In your letters, PLEASE BE RESECTFUL! Do not send hateful or bashing letters, it will only hurt our plea. Be respectful, use a intelligent basis on why they should help the people of Indian Country, state the urgency for housing and school houses in South Dakota.
I have included some statistics and facts that I have. You may use the info provided to add to your letters. Change the wording if you wish, but keep the general basis the same.
The Indian Housing Authority reports that it is not uncommon for 20 or more residents to live in a three-bedroom, one bath home with three or four generations under one roof. People regularly double up with family members and friends, waiting years until a home or apartment becomes available. The waiting list usually will include over 400 families waiting for rental and homeownership units (2003:342).
The rate of homeownership on South Dakota reservations laggs substaintly behind the state of South Dakota's rate of 68.2 percent of the occupied housing units in the state. Beyond unemployment and underemployment, factors influencing this include the lack of willing lenders in the area and a lack of available housing. Conventional lenders will not loan money to build homes on trust land. Since nearly all federally recognized reservations' lands fall into this category, the majority of Native Americans are not able to secure these loans. Few people have the knowledge of how to overcome these barriers to develop housing on their own.
In addition to overcrowding, many of the units available are in substandard condition. Some reservations have estimated that 24 percent of the Indian population resides in substandard housing" (SDHDA 2003:341). It is not uncommon for mobile home dealers to sell trailers on the reservation that would not be in acceptable condition to sell elsewhere in the state. Houses often lack working plumbing and functioning heaters. Some homes still use wood burning stoves to keep warm. Many of the homes have holes in the roof or floor. Often, families live in households that should have been condemned long ago, simply because there is no other place for them to go.
For those of you that may be receiving this email and have not read the above mentioned article, please visit
FEMA: Trailers not for Indian housing shortage
MSNBC - Jun 13, 2006
... not help Indian country relieve a housing or schoolroom shortage with the trailers not used after Hurricane Katrina. Sen. Tim Johnson, DS.D., suggested to FEMA ...
I will also be generating a online petition addressed to FEMA, will forward that out later this evening.
PLEASE CROSS POST & FORWARD!!!! LET'S FLOOD THEM WITH LETTERS!
I already warned Senator Johnson's office that they will be flooded, they said GREAT, WE LOVE IT!
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