The Pineridge reservation is in dire need of the basic necessities of life.
Pine Ridge Reservation is approx 11,000 (over 2 million acres) square miles in size. It is divided into nine districts: Eagle Nest, Pass Creek, Wakpamni, LaCreek, Pine Ridge, White Clay, Medicine Root, Porcupine and Wounded Knee. It is home to around 40,000 persons, 35% of which are under the age of 16.
The population is steadily rising, despite the severe conditions on the reservation, as more and more Oglala return home from far away cities in order to live within their societal values, be with their families and assist with the revitalisation of their culture and Nation.
Recent reports point out that unemployment on the reservation is between 85% to 95%.
On the reservation:-
There is no industry, technology, or commercial infrastructure on the reservation to provide employment.
Life expectancy for women is 48 years old and 52 for men.
Teenage suicide rate is 150% higher than the U.S national average for this group.
Infant mortality is 300% higher than the U.S. national average.
The rate of diabetes is 800% higher than the U.S national average, with 50% of the adults over the age of 40 have this disease.
Alcoholism affects 8 out of 10 families and the death rate from alcohol related problems is 300% higher than the remaining U.S. population.
Tuberculosis is approx 800% higher than the U.S national average.
Each winter, reservation Elders are found dead from hypothermia.
At least 60% of the homes on the reservation are infested with Black Mold, Strachybotrys, which infests the lungs and causes fatalities in infants, children, those with damaged immune systems, lung and pulmonary conditions. Exposure to this mold can also cause haemorrhaging of the lungs and brain, as well as cancer.
Many people live in old shacks, old trailers, or dilapidated mobile homes. There is vast overcrowding among these families, most families never turn away a relative no matter how distant a blood relation, and as a result some homes built for 6-8 people, have 30 living in them!
Many residents live without proper healthcare due to vast travel distances and involved in accessing that care.
60% of families have no telephones.
33% of home Lack basic water and sewage systems, as well as electricity.
59% of the reservation homes are substandard.
Many homes lack basic insulation, heating, stoves, refrigerators, beds, basic furniture etc. With extremes of temperatures from over 100 degrees in the summer, to minus 20-40 below freezing in the winder, the hardships are unimaginable!
Whatever you can do to help from fundraising, to public awareness, all you can do will be appreciated.
1. 33% of home Lack basic water and sewage systems, as well as electricity
2. Life expectancy for women is 48 years old and 52 for men
3. Infant mortality is 300% higher than the U.S. national average
4. Each winter, reservation Elders are found dead from hypothermia
5. At least 60% of the homes on the reservation are infested with Black Mold, Strachybotrys, which infests the lungs and causes fatalities