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South Dakota Native Americans see no progress on race relations

Apr 24, 2001 —
Topics: Politics
Cara Hetland

It's been more than a year since a US Commission on Civil Rights report blasted race relations in South Dakota. Hundreds of Native Americans testified about abuses in law enforcement. The testimony echoed complaints brought before the commission in the mid 1970's, causing many to ask why there's been so little change. In our continuing Mainstreet Radio Series "Broken Trust - Civil Rights in Indian Country", Minnesota Public Radio's Cara Hetland reports.

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Pine Ridge Reservation

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Pine Ridge Reservation, located in South Dakota, is home to the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The reservation covers 2 million acres, with an estimated population of close to 40,000. The needs of the reservation are immense as a result of grinding poverty.