Stop the Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women

According to the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, Native American Women are the victims of sex related crimes at a rate 2.5 times the national average of any other race of persons in the United States. One of the issues that fails to reach the radar is the prostitution and trafficking of our Native Women. A recent report by the Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition and Prostitution Research and Education reveals that the average age of entry of Native women into this form of captivity is between 12-14.

“The potential economic benefit of improving students’ academic outcomes should be a wake-up call to the importance of reforming America’s high schools. Dropouts from the class of 2008 will cost North Dakota almost $460 million in lost wages over their lifetimes.” (Alliance for Excellent Education July 2009). 174 students dropped out of Cass County North Dakota high schools in the 2009-2010 academic year. This is not something we can ignore, even if Fargo does not independently comprise all of Cass County.

According to the projected enrollment numbers for the Fargo Public School District, an estimated 3,797 children are without pre-school education services and will be in our public schools by 2015.

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My name is Lillian Jones and I’m seeking one of the four open seats on the Board of Education for the City of Fargo. Fargo is a launching pad for champions. We, as parents and community members, contribute to the potential success for Fargo’s children through solid investments in the quality of their education.

Those investments include sensible leadership and fiscal responsibility; being mindful of district fund expenditures; monitoring student success through higher graduation rates; working with our educators to ensure the best outcomes for our students and looking forward, planning for the students that will be coming into our schools.

As a member of our school board I am committed to maintaining focus on our students. The school district exists because of the children, and we need to get our attention back on them. I will be the voice for all Fargo children and for those under-represented members of our community; parents who work two jobs to support their families; the students in need of being caught before they are lost and become dropout statistics; the young children entering our system with their families, and the educators who spend 175 days a year with our children, preparing them for what lies ahead.

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