Thursday, June 26, 2008

Life on the Rez: a young person's perspective

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life expectancy on the rez is about 45 years because of incredibly high infant mortality, teen suicide, murder, gangs, crystal meth, and alcoholism. the future is bleak for the young people on Pine Ridge.

1 comment:

LiveWorkDream said...

To see what this nation has done to the Native American population is incredibly sad. Same as it happened in Mexico, and other countries with indigenous populations. Push them aside and make way for the mighty.

Lots of people say about Native Americans, "oh they just need to stop whining about the past and get on with things...nobody to blame but themselves...blah blah blah."

But that's just so short sighted. How can an entire population just pick themselves up from endless years of neglect, abuse and disenfranchisement, when this country has never put the correct amount of resources in place to help them do so? There's only so much a person can be expected to do when nobody is showing them the way to a better life?