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Life on the Reservation is much like PTSD after a war

It’s much like post-traumatic stress disorder after a way…only it has been going on for almost 500 years. We see the short-term effects with our brave warriors. They come back damaged, not just physically, but emotionally. The physical can be addressed more directly. The emotional and psychological are much more difficult to help.

Most never return to pre-war emotional and psychological status. Even when they are removed physically from the traumatic event, they still think they are at war. They live in a survival mode and can think of nothing else. Families, jobs, enjoying life are all out the window. We see the emotional damage, the violence (especially domestic), drugs and alcohol and hopelessness. A common comment from loved ones is they ‘aren’t the same person’. When they come back from war, they are someone else.

If this is what we see after just a handful of years for our brave warriors, how much worse must it be with a war that’s been going on for over 500 years? The same approaches that have proved to be of limited effectiveness for our recent warriors can’t help post traumatic stress that’s been brewing for over 500 years. This is the inertia behind the grip of extreme hopelessness on Native American reservations. It’s going to take a whole lot of people who give a damn. This is why we need your help.

LHNC has been working for more than a decade to better the situation and environment on the reservation in Fort Peck, MT. What better way to create a brighter future than to invest in the children who live there? 500 years from now, let it be said that this was the generation that rose up and decided to fight for America's Forgotten People. Find out how you can help today!

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