Chief Bill John Baker of the Cherokee Nation recently wrote a wonderful op-ed for Native News Online outlining his and the Cherokee Nation’s support of Oklahoma Messages Project. In Oklahoma, Native American women represent almost 13 percent of the prison population – and at the national level its 38 percent higher than the national average. That means even more children are impacted by the loss of their mother in the home.
The one key thing he highlighted that we must continue to focus on is this:
“Make kids a priority and ensure they are not forgotten within this crisis. We cannot expect children to rise above the hardships of their parents’ mistakes if we, as a community, do not lend them the tools and support necessary to do so.”
We want to thank Chief Bill John Baker and the Cherokee Nation for your support of Oklahoma Messages Project.
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