• Due to severe weather, fire wood shortages and lack of electricity, many Navajo are forced to face increased risks of illness, asthma, frostbite and cold-induced death.
• Poverty on Indian Reservations includes homes without ovens and children with almost no clothes--regardless of season.
• Thousands of Native American children cry themselves to sleep every night, just because they are hungry.
• Average family incomes are far below poverty levels.
• Deadly diseases--including TB and diabetes--are common.
• Native American teen suicides run over four times the national average.
• Thousands of youngsters have little food, no protection from summer's heat or winter's cold, and no hope.
• Child abuse and spousal abuse are almost epidemic.
• Native American youngsters face a bleak future without food, medical care or hope. NAER provides these essentials, so Indian children will be more productive citizens for our country and their tribes.