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senate Bill S. 246

Creating A National Commission To Study The Needs Of Native American Youth

Argument in favor

Native American children are some of the most at-risk populations in the country. This bill would give the government the information and resources necessary to best support them.

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04/03/2015
We stole their land. The least we can do is make sure their kids aren't depressed and jobless.
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Keegan's Opinion
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04/12/2015
America destroyed the way of life for these people while promising to help repair, rebuild, and sustain them. We have failed and this failure has been largely overlooked and forgotten.
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Janiesha's Opinion
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09/14/2016
While there is an overall issue with our youth, Native Americans have suffered the most in our country. When you look at some reservations, their living conditions aren't much better than many other countries whose aid we continuously rush to help. It's not a crime to help out at home.
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Argument opposed

While this bill has good intentions, it is expensive and does not guarantee solutions. These resources are better spent reinforcing current support systems for Native youth.

BTSundra's Opinion
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04/19/2016
They're no different than other kids, how about a commission to study the needs of our youth?
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Carolyn's Opinion
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07/01/2015
QUIT CREATING A NEW PROGRAM FOR EVERY LITTLE THING. I'M SURE THERE ARE ALREADY PROGRAMS TO DEAL WITH THE INDIANS. JUST USE YOUR MONEY MORE WISELY. HEY - CUT THE SALARIES OF THE PEOPLE OVER THE PROGRAMS - HIRE NEW BLOOD AT A CHEAPER RATE - SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO WORK AND SEE IF YOU CAN ENHANCE ALREADY EXISTING PROGRAMS. QUIT WITH THE PROGRAMS ALREADY.
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07/13/2015
They should get treated no different than every other American kids
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    We stole their land. The least we can do is make sure their kids aren't depressed and jobless.
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    They're no different than other kids, how about a commission to study the needs of our youth?
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    America destroyed the way of life for these people while promising to help repair, rebuild, and sustain them. We have failed and this failure has been largely overlooked and forgotten.
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    While there is an overall issue with our youth, Native Americans have suffered the most in our country. When you look at some reservations, their living conditions aren't much better than many other countries whose aid we continuously rush to help. It's not a crime to help out at home.
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    QUIT CREATING A NEW PROGRAM FOR EVERY LITTLE THING. I'M SURE THERE ARE ALREADY PROGRAMS TO DEAL WITH THE INDIANS. JUST USE YOUR MONEY MORE WISELY. HEY - CUT THE SALARIES OF THE PEOPLE OVER THE PROGRAMS - HIRE NEW BLOOD AT A CHEAPER RATE - SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO WORK AND SEE IF YOU CAN ENHANCE ALREADY EXISTING PROGRAMS. QUIT WITH THE PROGRAMS ALREADY.
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    They should get treated no different than every other American kids
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    What we've done to First Nations people is an embarrassment to our national 'morality.' We can't change the abhorrent things we have done, but we can, at the very least, 1. STOP DOING THEM, and 2. Do the right thing from here on out, and taking care of Native youth and the unique challenges they face is a vital place to start.
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    The fact that they're more at risk does make them different from other kids. This isn't us vs them, because they are us--we're all Americans. I don't see this being about righting past wrongs; it's a pretty straightforward problem-solving situation. Problem: statically, some children are at an increased risk. Solution: identify and correct barriers. American children are in trouble, and as Americans we have a duty to help other Americans. Simple as that.
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    It's the least we can do after literally taking over their lands and calling it ours. They don't receive the credit they utterly deserve.
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    The cost is not outrageous and the potential impact is essential. Current programs are not working.
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    Absolutely.
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    Crucial to show support for the Native American youth as they are the future and in need of the tools to prevail. They need a voice!
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    The children of the Native American community have suffered throughout history and deserves the financial help of our government to study current issues from past abuses.
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    Native Americans must be protected.
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    It's been way too long since we've shown any willingness to reflect upon the neglect and abuse of Native American communities.
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    We owe it to the children to raise them out of poverty and to see them thrive, be educated and succeed in this country.
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    Investment in youth in our state, and in the resilience and success of Native American young people, is vital to health and justice in our country.
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    Absolutely. Native children face challenges that I don't think we can possibly be fully aware of or understand without targeted research.
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    Yes to Native American
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    They should be treated like any other child, but the fact is that they aren't. Native American communities are uniquely impoverished, and that is because of actions our government took in the past. Native American children aren't on a level playing field with other kids, and we can only correct that by finding and addressing their specific needs.
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