80% Unemployment Rate

August 21st, 2009. Filed under: Finance & Fitness Fridays.

CNN’s “State of the Union,” host and Chief National Correspondent John King tells the story of the bare bones life on the Cheyenne River Reservation.  Read this article and see why I cry for the Lakota nation.  This is why my group is so focused on sending mittens, socks and other warm clothing to CRR. 

I have no more words for this situation.  Only tears.

4 Responses to 80% Unemployment Rate

  1. Lynn

    Please, the Lakota are in the Cheyenne River Reservation. They are not a Lakota Nation. They are part of the United States.

    Regardless, where is the reservation at? Do they not have close cities to find employment? Do you have an address to send mittens to?

  2. Nancy Sutton Smith

    This is a film about Pine Ridge and the alcohol issue that is a must see documentary. It’s called “The Battle for Whiteclay” and I encourage everyone to help support this film.

  3. Nancy


    The reservation is in South Dakota with the largest city being Eagle Butte. Most of the smaller areas are many miles from there. And no, there are very few opportunites for employment on the reservation. Also, very few have cars and/or the money for gas to travel off the reservation to try to find employment.

    The address for the mittens is:

    Julie Garreau-Project Director
    Billy Mills Youth Center (The Main)
    8200 East Lincoln Street
    P O Box 410
    Eagle Butte, SD 57625

    Thank you to all who are compassionate enough to send mittens or gloves. They can be store bought as well as hand made.

  4. Nancy


    Thank you for sharing this link with us. The film is very compelling. Alcohol usage and abuse is a problem among our Native Americans. It’s sad that so many people want to take advantage of others.

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