Mods move if this is not the place please.
I decided to write this thread after this one was posted ATS
fail to recognize just the severity of the situation here and what these people have went through to get where they are today. My personal experience
on this Reservation has been disheartening each time. As a teen I skated anywhere there was pavement we drove around the state looking for the next
ledge, set of stairs, or rail to smash on for the day. My first trip caught me off guard, I was 16 an oblivious to the plight in my back yard. The
first thing I noticed was there was nobody around the town seemed abandoned to the dogs (lots of dogs Sochi Russia packs) at first. The town of Pine
Ridge has around 3500 people living there but no one to be seen. We set up a little skate spot and went to riding, soon there were kids coming out,
lots and lots of kids some just babies still in diapers. We spent the day skating and talking, letting the kids ride our boards, and sharing our water
that's right the kids had no water. I had NEVER seen poverty like this.....
The counties the make up the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are the poorest counties in the nation.
Unemployment is between 80-90%
97% are below the poverty line
60% of homes are substandard (lacking power, water, sewage systems, or even proper insulation)
the per-capita income is $4000 annually
Alcoholism rates are as high as 80%
Alcohol related deaths are 3 times the national average
1 in 4 children are born with fetal alcohol syndrome
infant mortality rates are 3 times the national rate
suicide rates are twice as high as the national average and worse for teens
life expectancy is the lowest in the US and second lowest in the western hemisphere (behind Haiti)
teacher turnover rates are 8 times the national average
60% of families have no phone
Pine Ridge can only be described as third world and it is in my back yard.
The Lakota are a proud people they have repetivly stood their ground agisnst the federal government and been treated harshly many times for this
dissidence. The Wounded Knee Massacre occurred here, AIM took roots here with the Wounded Knee Incident and Pine Ridge Shootout, Alex White Plume
planted hemp, Russel Means has repetitively defied state and local government. They are decedents of
, Crazy Horse
, Red Cloud
the only person from the Western Hemisphere to win Olympic Gold in the 10,000 meter
run was born on Pine Ridge.
These people foster more of the American Spirit than many so called Liberty lovers, these people understand and understood what they are losing, they
have stood up and been beat down, they have cried for help but few listen. I wrote this to encourage everyone that reads it to learn a little about
the entirety of the situation here....Why do we send $Billions over seas when we have the third world here? Why do so many donate to charities that do
little to help those in need here? Isn't it time we take care of Americans?
edit on 30-8-2014 by ParanoidAmerican because: (no reason given)
edit on 30-8-2014 by ParanoidAmerican because: (no reason