Broken Promises & Laws

October 27, 2008 by  
Filed under Culture

Broken Promises,

Broken Laws,

a Broken People:

The stealing of the land, the massacre of the Buffalo, the herding of the American Indians onto reservations, all in violation of the Treaties, amounts to nothing more than Genocidal practices, the results of which, on the Pine Ridge Reservation, are:

  • MORTALITY – Lakotah men have a life expectancy of less than 44 years, lowest of any country in the World (excluding AIDS) including Haiti.
  • Lakotah death rate is the highest in the United States.
  • The Lakotah infant mortality rate is 300% more than the U.S. Average.
  • Teenage suicide rate is 150% higher than the U.S national average for this group.

POVERTY:

  • Median income is approximately $2,600 to $3,500 per year.
  • 97% of our Lakotah people live below the poverty line.
  • Many families cannot afford heating oil, wood or propane and many residents use ovens to heat their homes.

UNEMPLOYMENT:

  • Unemployment rates on our reservations is 85% or higher.
  • Government funding for job creation is lost through cronyism and corruption.

HOUSING:

  • Elderly die each winter from hypothermia (freezing).
  • 1/3 of the homes lack basic clean water and sewage while 40% lack electricity.
  • 60% of Reservation families have no telephone.
  • 60% of housing is infected with potentially fatal black molds.
  • There is an estimated average of 17 people living in each family home (may only have two to three rooms). Some homes, built for 6 to 8 people, have up to 30 people living in them.

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL:

  • More than half the Reservation’s adults battle addiction and disease.
  • Alcoholism affects 8 in 10 families.
  • Two known meth-amphetamine labs allowed to continue operation. Why?

DISEASE:

  • The Tuberculosis rate on Lakotah reservations is approx. 800% higher than the U.S national average.
  • Cervical cancer is 500% higher than the U.S national average.
  • The rate of diabetes is 800% higher than the U.S national average.
  • Federal Commodity Food Program provides high sugar foods that kill Native people through diabetes and heart disease.

INCARCERATION:

  • Indian children incarceration rate 40% higher than whites.
  • In South Dakota, 21 percent of state prisoners were Native, yet they only make up 9% of the population.
  • Indians have the second largest state prison incarceration rate in the nation.
  • Most Indians live on federal reservations. Less than 2% of Indians live where the state has jurisdiction!
THREATENED CULTURE:
  • Only 14% of the Lakotah population can speak the Lakotah language.
  • The language is not being shared inter-generationally. Today, the average age of a fluent Lakotah speaker is 65 years.
  • Our Lakotah language is an Endangered Language, on the verge of extinction.
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