Altar – Pine Ridge Reservation
Please consider donating toward winter clothing and utility support for the Lakota people of Pine Ridge Reservation, located in rural South Dakota. Residents struggle with extreme poverty, substandard housing, and unmanageable utility bills.
I (Summer) spent much of my youth visiting Pine Ridge and Rosebud with my mother and these beautiful people hold a very dear spot in my heart. Sadly, their struggles, rooted in America’s colonial history, have only become more dire due to the impacts of the Covid pandemic.
Despite their challenges, the Lakota people of Pine Ridge are quick to smile, joke and laugh. They have fierce pride in their culture, art and songs, oral history and storytelling, and an ancient and beautiful animistic relationship with all creatures and elements around them.
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Statistics about Pine Ridge Reservation from tribal, state, and federal sources:
- Pine Ridge Reservation consists of approximately 2.1 million acres.
- Oglala Lakota County, entirely within Pine Ridge Reservation, is one of the poorest counties in the United States with an estimated 54% living below the poverty line. (The US average is around 12%.)
- Annual per capita income is just over $10,000.
- Unemployment hovers around 80% due to few job opportunities and poor infrastructure.
- There are many social challenges such as:
- A High School dropout rate of 60%
- Disproportionately high rates, compared to the national average, of alcohol and substance abuse, homelessness, extreme poverty, chronic health conditions (paired with inadequate health care), high crime rates, and substandard housing exacerbated by extreme weather.
- Youth suicide rate (15-24) is estimated to be 4x the national average.
The people are in great need of support and compassion and with modest exposure through our business, we are determined to do what we can from afar. Thank you for your consideration and interest in these wonderful people.
100% of money raised, less any mandatory transfer-related processing fees, will be donated to the Tribe.
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