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Within tribal communities, Native Americans are uniting to combat the dire problems affecting their populations, including poverty, addiction, and high suicide rates. Native American youth leaders have taken the lead, inspiring their communities to take action and tackling these issues head on.

Many Americans struggle with poverty issues. According to the Census Bureau, 1 out of 6 Americans are living in poverty. In the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area, more than 14.6% of individuals live below the poverty line and statewide, 4.6 million Texans live in poverty, putting Texas 3% higher than the national average.

Helping homeless veterans get off the streets feels like work Duane Magee was made to do, and his
tireless quest puts him behind the wheel for thousands of miles each year to find them. He is living
proof to vets that recovery from homelessness and incarceration is possible because their story is his
story, and his quiet mission to assist them led to his nomination for a 2012 Martin Luther King Drum
Major for Service Award.

Madison Street Veterans Association began about three years ago with a group of homeless veterans living in an emergency shelter in Phoenix. The veterans decided that they should band together to improve the conditions in the shelter for themselves and any veterans who showed up in the shelter. What a difference they made!

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