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Inequality - Richest and Poorest in America

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Uploaded on Feb 18, 2012

There are around 300 reservations in the United States. The largest reservations are the Sioux and Navajo. Some reservations are about a mile wide and have a couple hundred members and others are 28,000 square miles with 300,000 plus members.

Most of the top 100 poorest counties in US, contain the largest Indian Reservations. In this picture the counties in RED are 100 poorest counties in United States.
Of the bottom 11 poorest counties, 7 of them contain Sioux Indian Reservations in South Dakota. Pine Ridge is in Shannon County and was on the bottom but it has moved to 2nd to the bottom. Crow Creek on the very bottom is home to several of the children which go to St Josephs Indian School.




This is a picture of the bottom 11 poorest counties. 7 counties contain Sioux Reservations and 1 county is in Arizona and it contains part of the Navajo reservation.

Of the 10 poorest places in the United States, 3 of the bottom 10 places are on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Note that the per capita of the richest place in America is 70 times more than the poorest place in America.

Here is a picture of a young girl from the poorest place in the US, Allen South Dakota, which is in Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Their electricity was turned off for non-payment and their house burned down this past June. Luckily, she was rescued from the fire. Electricity averages $100 a month, which is $1200 a year. Which only leaves $25 a month for other necessities like propane for heat, diapers and clothes.




There is NOT only inequality amongst Indian and non-indian but also within the Indian reservations. This is a map of the richest and poorest reservations. The richest reservations have very few members and very little land. While the poorest are the large reservations with many members.

Here you see the map again with 4 tribal chairmen. On the left, Robert Martin is the tribal chairman of the California Morongo Band and their tribe owns a very wealthy casino and around 1000 members. In the middle is John Yellowbird who is the tribal chairman from Pine Ridge, SD which is in the 2nd poorest county and it has around 40,000 members and Ben Shelley of Navajo Reservation which contains the 10th poorest county and it has around 300,000 members. To the right is Rodney Butler and he is the tribal chairman of a very small tribe in Connecticut which operates Foxwoods Resort Casino which is the largest in US. This tribe recently received recognition as a tribe through the political process, which means it didn't even exist 30 years ago. This reservation is about 2 square miles and has around 300 tribal members. Most of these rich tribes don't share with other tribe's members. I have personally received numerous letters from these wealthy tribes saying they only have money for college to their own tribal members not members in other tribes. Some of these California tribes are even disenrolling their own existing members. In my opinion these tribes are worse off now than before casinos were legalized on reservations.

I will be showing in my next videos side by side comparisons of the richest and poorest places in America, other inequalities and why I think this is happening. Inequality in America is worse now than when I was a kid. As a child in Pine Ridge, it wasn't so bad, we had a swimming pool, heat, and things were not that expensive. Now things are so expensive in America, many people can't even afford the necessities like heat, electricity and running water. I will also be talking about some other misconceptions. I am often asked: Do you pay taxes? YES Do you get free education? NO Are you rich from the casinos? NO Do you get money from the casinos? NO Do you get free healthcare? NO Do you live in teepees? NO I thought you were all killed? NO I will be also sharing our beliefs, art, dance and other things that keep us strong and surviving. Thank you for watching and please subscribe so you can be notified when I upload a new video, I am trying to get one video a week uploaded. Thank you!

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