Let us be grateful that we have a job today. So many of our Tribal brothers and sisters either do not have a job or they are part of the working poor who struggle to make ends meet. We have far too many Tribal communities that have unbelievable unemployment rates that exceed 50% and some are 80% and higher. When you see this level of unemployment you will see many of the social ills that plague our communities as well including substance abuse, domestic violence, suicide and host other traumas. So for those of you who are gainfully employed by the Tribe be grateful this day for the job you have and continue your hard work every day to make life better for those who are not as fortunate as you are. And Tribes need to continue to create opportunities for their Tribal members and others by making gainful employment a high priority within their mission statement.

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