September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month, and this month is dedicated to raising awareness about the high rate of infant mortality in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, each year in the U.S., approximately 25,000 babies die before their first birthday. The loss of a baby is an unimaginable, yet a reality for a number of U.S. families, taking a toll not only on the health and well-being of these families, but the nation as a whole.
Pine Ridge Reservation, the second largest Native American Reservation in the U.S., is considered home to the Lakota Sioux Tribe. However, the infant mortality rate on Pine Ridge is three times higher than the national rate of 6.1 percent. At 18.3 percent, Pine Ridge Reservation has the highest infant mortality rate on the continent.
With Pine Ridge Reservation lacking some of the basic resources for human survival, True Sioux Hope Foundation aims to inspire unprecedented, permanent, positive change for the Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and lower the shocking infant mortality rate that oppresses the Sioux community.
While the average U.S. resident knows little, if anything, about the current state of the Lakota Sioux infants, True Sioux Hope Foundation is determined to raise awareness, but it can’t be done without your support.
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