What Have We Done?

Oglala Lakota Tribe

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Near Wounded Knee, South Dakota

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation:  
 $9,728 per capita income

United States:   
$27, 334 per capital income

“When I was a boy the Sioux owned the world.  The sun rose and set in their lands.  They sent 10,000 horsemen to battle.   Where are the warriors today?  Who slew them?  Where are our lands?  Who owns them?”   
Sitting Bull circa 1831-1890

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation:   
48.3% poverty rate

United States:   
13.8% poverty rate

“We preferred hunting to life of idleness on the reservation, where we were driven against our will.  We preferred our own way of living…  All we wanted was peace and to be left alone.”  Crazy Horse circa 1842-1877

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation:
66.6% life expectancy

United States:   
76.5% life expectancy

“In 1868 men came and brought us papers.  We could not read them and they did not tell us truly what was in them…  When I reached Washington THE GREAT FATHER EXPLAINED TO ME…  that the interpreters had deceived me.  All I want is right and justice.”   
Red Cloud circa 1822-1909

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation:   
18.4%/1000 infant mortality

United States:   
6.8%/1000 infant mortality

“Out of the Indian approach to existence THERE CAME A GREAT FREEDOM, an intense and absorbing love for nature…  enriching faith in a supreme power; and principles of truth, honesty, generosity, equity, and brotherhood as a guide to mundane relations.”  
Luther Standing Bear circa 1868-1939

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation:   
121.3%/100,000 liver disease deaths

United States:   
9.7%/100,000 liver disease deaths

“Perhaps you have noticed that even in the very lightest breeze you can hear the voice of the cottonwood tree; THIS WE UNDERSTAND IS ITS PRAYER TO THE GREAT SPIRIT, for not only men, but all things and all beings pray to Him continually in differing ways.”  
Black Elk  circa 1865-1950

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation:   
37.2%/100,000 suicides         

United States:   
10.9%/100,000 suicides

SOURCE:  National Geographic Magazine 2011/2012

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