Genocide


Genocidal Results of the Failed American Indian Policies of the United States Government:

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.
  • One out of every four Lakotah children born are fostered or adopted out to non-Indian homes.
  • Diseases such as tuberculosis, polio, etc. are present. Cancer is now at epidemic proportions!
  • Teenage suicide rate is 150% higher than the U.S national average for this group.

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.

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 are 80% 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 (many 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 9 in 10 families.
  • Two known meth-amphetamine labs allowed to continue operation. Why?

INCARCERATION:

  • Indian children incarceration rate 40% higher than whites.
  • In South Dakota, 21 percent of state prisoners are American Indians, yet they only make up 2% 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.
  • Our Lakotah language is not allowed to be taught in the U.S. Government schools.
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