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Improving lives of Native Americans

Published:Saturday | May 5, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

As a consequence of Wild West disputes and land swipes in the eastern United States, Native Americans had to be taken to live on reservations for their protection. This was a result of immigration and colonisation.

Conditions under which Native Americans live could be improved by:

1. Providing additional educational facilities, even up to the tertiary/professional careers level.

2. Providing health facilities, including hospitals, through US government support.

3. Providing more public utilities (roads, water, electricity). Money can't be short, remembering gold and other mineral resources contribute to the economy.

4. Coordinating housing projects organised by groups and individuals.

5. Introducing urban planning. Also, nomadic herding and shifting agriculture should be replaced by modern farm methods.

6. Training in agrarian reform and modern food production (i.e., in preparation and processing of products).

TREVOR A. WONG

Mavis Bank, St Andrew