Dying in Indian Country
Dying in Indian Country
What's the REAL reason so many kids are dying on the Rez? The true story of a Dad who realized the Rez system was killing his family
What's the REAL reason so many kids are dying on the Rez? The true story of a Dad who realized the Rez system was killing his family Read more
About this project
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"Dying in Indian Country" was first published in July, 2012. Though limited in its initial publishing, the book was well received. It has been given several endorsements, including an endorsement from Dr. William B. Allen, former Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and Reed Elley, former Canadian Minister of Parliament. However, the book has never been professionally marketed.
The new publisher, Deep River books, is a small company that specializes in relatively unknown authors. They will both market the book as well as cut the price in half from what it was with the previous publisher.
To offset their risk, they ask that we “partner” with them by purchasing 1000 books ($10,000). There are no fees other than the purchase of the first 1000 books. It is out of this 1000 that I will send your pledge reward.
We have already received $3000 for the publishing and the project has begun
The Need for this Book:
Roland grew up watching members of his family die of alcoholism, child abuse, suicide and violence on the reservation.
Drugs, alcohol and gang activity are heavy and rampant on many reservations. There are children dying within Indian Country whose names don't make it to the media and for whom justice is never given.
“[A]lmost 40 children [have been] returned to on-reservation placements in abusive homes, many headed by known sex offenders, at the direction of the Tribal Chair. These children remain in the full time care and custody of sexual predators available to be raped on a daily basis. Since I filed my first report noting this situation, nothing has been done by any of you to remove these children to safe placements,” Thomas Sullivan, Regional Admin of the Administration of Children and Families in Denver, wrote in a report to his DC superiors in February, 2013.
A year later, Mr. Sullivan, stated nothing has changed, despite political posturing by numerous federal and tribal officials.
What cannot be denied is that a large number of tribal members are dying from alcoholism, drug abuse, suicide, and violence. While leaders argue why this is happening, the facts are, according to the American Indian Health Council, “crime victimization rates in the American Indian community are significantly higher than in the general U.S. population.”
Abuses are rampant on many reservations because the U.S. Government has set up a system that allows extensive abuse to occur unchecked and without repercussion.
Dying in Indian Country explains through this family’s well documented story, how Congress, federal agencies, welfare benefits, and the current reservation system itself are all responsible for the destruction of Native American families.
Though this book tells the reality and politics of family life on the reservation, the greater story is the spiritual transformation that takes place in the heart of Roland Morris. The reader experiences the journey of change in Roland as it slowly takes place. More than the trauma and politics within this book, this is also a true story about a transformed life.
The first section shares the family’s anguish as they sink into alcoholism and drug abuse. The second describes a transformational event in the father’s life which not only brings him to lead his family out of despair, but results in the family refusing welfare entitlements and fighting against tribal corruption and sovereignty.
There is no other family narrative on the market at this time that treats the reservation system from the perspective of the deep harm it is causing average tribal members. Initial reviews are very good, but limited as a result of a very narrow self-publishing effort.
Comments About Dying in Indian Country
- “...a compassionate & honest portrayal…I highly recommend it to you!” Reed Elley, former MP, Canada; Chief Critic Indian Affairs, Pastor
- “…hope emerging from despair… This is a story about an amazing life journey.” Darrel Smith. Writer, Rancher, SD
Dr. Allen, who also wrote a forward for the book, stated that Dying in Indian Country is -
- "...truly gripping, with a good pace." Dr. William B. Allen, Emeritus Professor, Political Science, MSU, & former Chair U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
We have already received $3000 for the publishing and the project has begun. We need to raise another $7000. The extra $1200 requested will cover Kickstarter and Amazon fees associated with this crowd-funding project, as well as shipping costs for us to receive 1000 books.
CANADIAN FRIENDS may use our U.S. address. There will be a bulk shipment to Canada.
Risks and challenges
Roland Morris, member of the Leech Lake Tribe, first began his fight against tribal jurisdiction in the late 1990's. In those initial years, he was attacked by various tribal leaders as well as called an "anti-Indian Native American" by the Montana Human Rights Network.
Roland and his family, having watched family members die and knowing that what they were saying was true and necessary, persisted. None of that has changed.
Children are dying. Most recently, it was an 18-month old who was beaten to death on October 18, 2014. There is a long list of children who have been abused or murdered in Indian Country - for reasons other than what tribal governments purport.
Our efforts have been slowed down on occasion. Money has always been lacking and personal attacks have been many - but neither has ever stopped what needs to be said.
For over 25 years the family has persisted, gained colleagues and supporters, become known in some offices in DC, and founded a national non-profit organization.
The book contract with Deep River has been signed and the initial $3000 sent. The ball for the book is rolling and will run its course, no matter what.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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