For Native American children living on reservations all across the United States, daily living conditions can be both grim and impoverished. Statistics show that Indian children, as a result of poverty, unemployment, domestic violence, battery, alcoholism and narcotic dependence, have the highest rate of suicide compared to other ethnicities. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/
Suicide is actually the second-leading cause of death among children on reservations. Alarming numbers of reported suicides have risen to more than three times the national median and up to 10 times that amount on particular reservations.
Even older children haven’t been able to escape the dire circumstances that have led to children having no education, little to eat, poor healthcare and degraded living conditions. One out of ten Native children, over the age of twelve, experience some traumatic violence or crime against them each year.
Child development and care is a vital importance to Native American children to break the cycle of disparity, abuse and poverty so they and their families can become self-reliant through education, guidance and job opportunities. Without child care centers any jobs a mother can be fortunate enough to ascertain can’t be sustained.
It is critical that advocacy groups such as the National Indian Child Care Association contribute to this plight. Otherwise, the risk factors of these children just continue to grow.
The mission of the NICCA is to promote sound culturally appropriate child care, nurturing and development. They are committed to bringing together tribal resources, leadership and assets by lending leadership, support and advocacy to all Indian children in at-risk circumstances.
Like the exemplary efforts of the NICCA, the Frontera Fund is available to benefit commendable nonprofit groups that support Hispanic civil rights and matters. The Frontera Fund, executed by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, has financially allocated money to many causes that affect the lives of Arizona citizens every day. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase
Some of these causes include keeping the border open and other relevant political battles that champion the causes of immigrants and the like. They have generously given aid to organizations like Justice that Works, the Kino border initiative, No More Deaths, Owl and Panther/Hopi Foundation, Promise Arizona, Phoenix Immigrant Justice Project, Phoenix Allies for Community Health, American Immigration council, Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, Arizona Justice Project and the Colibri Center for Human rights.
The Frontera Fund was established after Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were awarded a large sum of compensation for having been falsely arrested by Sheriff Arpaio after the two denied his demand to see information they had collected on him.
After they refused to hand over the information, they were both taken with force from their residences and thrown in jail. After being released and having all charges dropped, Larkin and Lacey sued Sheriff Arpaio and won a 3.7 million dollar settlement by the Maricopa County in 2013.
The Ninth Circuit ruled in their favor stating not only had they had been falsely arrested, but the prosecutor did not adhere to the full legal requirements when issuing the subpoenas.