Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Impact
Battered by poverty, discrimination and climate change, Native Americans on the Pine Ridge Reservation are raising homes – and hope – for the next generation.
Business
“Out here, it feels like we’re in our own world. It doesn’t feel like the U.S. It feels like a third-world country.”
Impact
“They shouldn’t feel like they’re being punished for being a girl.”
HuffPost Video
In this community, teenage girls sometimes have to miss school because their families cannot afford feminine hygiene products.
Politics
This post first appeared at BillMoyers.com By Gail Ablow In this “Making Change” video, we profile 35-year-old Nick Tilsen
Politics
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The 183 Bureau of Indian Education
Religion
Most of us who live far from the reservation can turn the page and move on. But, given the history of the U.S. Government and the citizen record, one seeks "a spiritual victory" without much hope.
Impact
There is no doubt that hate crimes against Native Americans are under-reported, or simply not reported at all. Perhaps it
Impact
There is a town name that exists only in the minds of the people who live there. It's not on any road atlases, and won't show up in any map searches. Yet.
Media
In 1960 President John F. Kennedy said, "Of all Americans, the American Indian is the least understood and the most misunderstood," and today's media does nothing to alleviate that truth.
Politics
The operation lasted about six hours. I was moved to the ICU ward for the night and I woke up the following day in the recovery
Media
The news media is prone to jump on and elaborate on any news story about the Kennedys. They truly do not know how much the Kennedy family is loved in Indian country.
Impact
What's astonishing is that although Martin lives in one of the most economically challenging areas of the country, he refuses to put himself first. He struggles out of bed with one goal in mind -- to find employment for the reservation's youth.
Politics
When many of us from Indian reservations see the United States send billions of dollars in foreign aid to Egypt, Israel, Pakistan, Afghanistan and God knows where else, we often wonder why the indigenous people of America do not come first.
Politics
There are still those who believe that the 30-year lapse to improve a grave situation rests not only with the federal government, but also with the failed leadership of the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Impact
After her death, her mother, Chick Big Crow, decided to make the dream of her daughter a reality. She contacted the corporate executives of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and made them a pitch.
Media
Whenever I hear of any major television station wanting to do a show on Pine Ridge in hopes of winning another award, I cringe. In the more than 30 years I have been in the media, I have seen them come and go and nothing has changed.