More than half of the 15,000 Oglala Sioux living on sprawling Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota are living in poverty, with 21% living in extreme poverty. Pine Ridge is also hindered by low education levels, low employment, substandard housing, and poor health care.
The early 1970’s was a time of economic recession and unemployment in America. Unemployment rates were at 7.7% in 1976; the highest since the Great Depression era.
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