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Published December 09, 2013, 05:58 PM

U.S. leaders meet in hopes of preventing violence against children

U.S. leaders say nothing is more important than this issue and former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan says the topic should be "front page news". An advisory committee is discussing violence facing children on Indian reservations, and trying to figure out how to stop the deep-rooted problem.

Violence against children is climbing at an alarming rate. For many Native American families living on reservations in the Dakota's it is a reality.

One of the messages at the American Indian-Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence hearing Monday is that it is unacceptable.

U.S. leaders say nothing is more important than this issue and former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan says the topic should be "front page news". An advisory committee is discussing violence facing children on Indian reservations, and trying to figure out how to stop the deep-rooted problem.

"It's not enough that we care, we have got to do something, we can't just gather data and we can't just build a case and we can't just keep talking about this, we have got to change outcomes, not just for this generation, but for all of Indian country and for the future of Indian country in our states, in our nation and certainly for Indian nations across our great country," said Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

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