Justine was entering the “big school” and she knew she would need her big brother’s support and guidance more than ever!.
Up to 43 percent of Native American children live in poverty and 29 percent of employed Native Americans live below poverty level.
Throughout our country, Native American children travel each day for hours across rugged and remote areas to attend school. These students often lack the simplest tools — such as paper, pencils, and notebooks — needed to participate in class.
Years of struggle take their toll on students. Today, only 17% of Native American high school graduates begin college. Of these, only one in five makes it through the academic, emotional, and financial stresses of the first year.
Yet, like all our children, these youngsters are inspired by the dream of a better future. Since 1997, the American Indian Education Fund (AIEF) has given hope to Native American students by providing the tools they need to succeed!
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