Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Battered by poverty, discrimination and climate change, Native Americans on the Pine Ridge Reservation are raising homes – and hope – for the next generation.
“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.”
“They shouldn’t feel like they’re being punished for being a girl.”
In this community, teenage girls sometimes have to miss school because their families cannot afford feminine hygiene products.
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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.
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