Tuesday, December 1, 2009

*Death by cold

The Crow Creek Indian Reservation is located in South Dakota, it covers 421.658 square miles with a population of about 2,500 people.

I was deeply saddened to find out that a electric company had negotiated a deal to create a power plant on the property of the Crow Nation and had promised that everyone on the Crow Nation would have access to the energy, well that proved to be true, but at three times the rate of everyone else. The power company would turn off members of the Crow Nation power when they owed one hundred dollars. Even families that had children that required medical equipment in order to survive.

This heartless power company would turn off power during the winter, leaving the members of the Crow Nation without power or heat. Federal laws protect regular citizens from having their power or heat turned off during the winter months, but these laws do not protect Native Americans living on reservations.

The members of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe are a mixture of Dakota and Nakota speaking "Sioux", who settled on the reservation after exile from Minnesota following the Dakota War of 1862 in Minnesota.

With a 80% unemployment rate and a average yearly income of a little more than $5,000 this once strong tribe is on the brink of elimination.

President Obama recently allocated $3 billion to Indian tribes on a promise made during his campaign trail. President Obama said, "Few have been more marginalized and ignored by Washington for as long as Native Americans."

If you have not watched the videos on my blog site, please do, I promise you that it will be one of the most shocking videos and inspiring that you will ever see. It will let you get a glimpse of real problems in Indian country.

People always tell me how bad social programs and money are, I can't help but think of the Crow Creek Indian Reservation when they say such things. Many of the American Indians living on this reservation have frozen to death, starved to death or died from being poor. The bad thing is they are actually trapped on this reservation due to poverty.

On December 3rd the Internal Revenue Service seized 7,100 acres of land because of failure to pay taxes. Every year this tribe loses land to the government for not being able to pay taxes.

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