What is it like living on an Indian Reservation today? I have no idea, because while I am a registered native, I have still yet to visit any of the many reservations across our great country.
Is it difficult growing up there? what problems do tribes residing on these reservations face, and how can we help to solve some of these issues?
What about crime? Statistics drawn from the Justice department show one of three Native women will be raped in her lifetime. This is a rate 2.5 times that of all other races combined. The reason of course is the fact that many tribal police forces are abysmally understaffed and criminals know they can get away with crimes much more difficult to avoid prosecution for when committed off reservation.
Ruth Hopkins, co-founder of lastrealindians joins us for a second week in discussing these issues. Ruth was born on the Standing Rock Reservation and has special insight to many issues she has seen and experienced firsthand and we are grateful she was able to share these with us and educate us on things we never knew existed.
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Cliff is a registered member of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and hosts a Tribal Podcast with his brother Brandon with a variety of episodes available online. They talk about native issues in the news and anything of interest to Native Americans! Join us in listening each week.
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