Byron Dorgan: Indian Country is proud of all its achievements
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
"Nicholas D. Kristof is right that Indian country faces disparities with the rest of the nation, especially in health care, law enforcement, education and unemployment — all areas for which our federal government has not lived up to its promises. The issues facing Native American children should be front-page news.
But that isn’t the end of the story. Pine Ridge, like all Indian reservations, is home to a unique culture and tradition. Tribal communities have the most inspirational and resilient young people I’ve ever met. Indian country has generated innovative economic development, cutting-edge health care programs and, most important, cohesive and powerful Native American pride."
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