Michael A Shapiro Photography / Pine Ridge: Health Care On the Reservation:

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Pine Ridge exists because we let it. Billions of dollars have been allocated to rebuild New Orleans; even more is being spent on destroying Iraq. The Oglala Lakota Indians have been mistreated, massacred, starved to death, and abandoned, all by the European settlers. The Oglala have no way to earn a living, build adequate housing, feed their families or get health care. These people are our hosts, yet we treat them worse than we treat prisoners.

Since we have destroyed their way of life and moved them to one of the most desolate spots in the US, it is time to treat them as a developing country and help them develop. We are the richest country in the world.