Nation: The Forgotten & Forlorn

Their average life span is 21 years shorter than their fellow citizens'. Their unemployment rate is nearly 40%, ten times the national average. Some 50,000 American Indian families live in miser able huts, shanties, tents, abandoned cars. Half of their children never finish high school. Their sickness, illiteracy and poverty rank among America's worst. Their sad estate last week moved President Johnson to declare in a message to Congress: "No enlightened nation, no responsible government, no progressive people can permit this shocking situation to continue."

Sporadic cries of "Lo, the poor Indian!" have...

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