Entering the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is a trip into one of the most desperate and deprived areas of the USA.
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Canupa Gluha Mani and two other members of the Strong Heart Warrior Society met earlier this week with South Dakota's two U.S. Senators and a U.S. Congressman to discuss problems on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Gluha Mani's primary complaint was abuse that tribal members face at the hands of tribal police. Pine Ridge is afflicted with horrid poverty, high unemployment, an unbelievably staggering teen suicide rate, along with alcoholism and drug abuse. Sales of alcohol is prohibited on this reservation, near Wounded Knee Creek. The meeting with legislators went well, Gluha Mani said, and these legislators agreed to hold a meeting with Pine Ridge residents within the next 90 days. Gluha Mani talked with this Daily Kos and OEN writer in great detail about some of these issues, particularly problems Lakota people face at the hands of tribal police in this 'Daily Kos' feature.