Indian Struggles on Reservations
By: Alaine Ruggless, Taylor Bartolozzi, Ellie Tjelmeland.
Native Americans reservations have always been an issue since they were founded. These issues have proliferated. Health, alcoholism, drug abuse, poverty, insufficient housing, and crime are all problems that have escalated over the years, cause major struggles for natives on reservations. In the 19th century, American Indians were forced onto reservations in America where they continue to suffer from many cultural, social, and economic hardships today. The amount of hardships will continue to rise until something is done about them. -ET/AR
- The picture to left shows an American Indian embracing the moment when he found his reservation. -ET
- The picture below shows the map of the United States of American. This map is specifically designed to show all the Indian Reservations in American. -ET
Poverty Stricken Families
- This picture below shows the types of houses that Native Americans used to live in when reservations were first created. -ET
Inadequate Housing on Reservations
Health Issues affecting life on Reservation.
- This picture underneath shows the sign of the Cherokee Indian Reservation. -ET
Alcoholism and drugs.
Alcoholism has become a generational problem in the American Indian reservations. Meth rates in particular have reached 30%. 63% percent were struggling with alcohol compared with 42% in other communities. “The drunken Indian” was a Hollywood typical stereotypes. The meaning behind this meant that Indians are physically unable to handle alcohol. In one year, The Pine Ridge Reservation purchased 4.5 million cans of beer. Alcohol is outlawed on reservations, people will cross reservation borders where it is legal to buy the alcohol. Then they will come back into the reservation. All of this is due to poor monitoring of this situation. In one year on one single reservation, 4.5 million cans went over boarders. -ET
Taking A Stand
The above picture shows three young Native American boys standing up against drug abuse on their reservation. AR
This picture shows the percent of people abusing prescription drugs by race. It is clear that the percent of American Indians abusing prescription drugs is much higher than all of the other races. AR
Meth use has become a major problem on reservations. In 2012, some of the meth rates on rural reservations were as high as 30%. AR http://www.highbrowmagazine.com/1200-meth-addiction-drug-related-crimes-plague-indian-reservation