GEOGRAPHY. The Pine Ridge Reservation is the home of the Oglala. The reservation is the eighth-largest reservation in the country, covering 11,000 square miles (approximately 2.2 million acres) in southwestern South Dakota.
The Pine Ridge Reservation is home to the lowest life expectancy, and a number of the poorest communities in the United States. The average life expectancy on Pine Ridge is 66.81 years, the lowest in the United States. There are 3,143 counties in the United States.
On the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, some 200 Sioux Native Americans, led by members of the American Indian Movement (AIM), occupy Wounded Knee, the site of the infamous 1890 massacre of 300 Sioux by the U.S. Seventh Cavalry. Then, in early 1973, AIM prepared for its dramatic occupation of Wounded Knee.
It is not safe to visit here, The people are very angry and unkind due to Covid and other issues. I would not recommend visiting for a few years. The entire area of Pine Ridge Reservation is like stepping back in time.
This is the case with California, where there are 103 Indian reservations and tribal areas within state borders and four that are partially in the state.
The Sioux are a confederacy of several tribes that speak three different dialects, the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota. The Lakota, also called the Teton Sioux, are comprised of seven tribal bands and are the largest and most western of the three groups, occupying lands in both North and South Dakota.
Today, the Shakopee Mdewakanton are believed to be the richest tribe in American history as measured by individual personal wealth: Each adult, according to court records and confirmed by one tribal member, receives a monthly payment of around $84,000, or $1.08 million a year.
Quahadis were the hardest, fiercest, least yielding component of a tribe that had long had the reputation as the most violent and warlike on the continent; if they ran low on water, they were known to drink the contents of a dead horse’s stomach, something even the toughest Texas Ranger would not do.
It’s estimated that the Shakopee Mdewakanton tribe – the owners of Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino – bring in more that $1 billion each year in revenue. With fewer than 500 members in the tribe, once dispersed, each member earns approximately $1.08 million annually.
Now the tribe will give members $25,000 when they turn 18, $25,000 when they turn 21, and the rest when they ‘re 25.
The BIA has nationwide jurisdiction over crimes committed within or involving Indian Country, and its officers are usually based near Indian reservations. BIA Police officers may enforce tribal law if deputized by the tribe or provided for by tribal ordinance or statute.
Probably not. The United States Supreme Court has explained that, as a general rule, tribes do not possess authority over non- Indians who come within the borders of an Indian reservation. This rule is particularly strong when the non- Indian’s activity occurs on land that the non- Indian owns in fee simple.
The trust services provided by the Agency include Real Estate Services (Leasing, Rights-of-Ways, and Acquisition & Disposition), Fire Management, Social Services, Land Operations, Probate & Estate Services, and Facilities Management. The non-trust services include Executive Direction and Administrative Services.
It’s a great introduction to South Dakota’s Lakota culture. Next, visit the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, east of the Black Hills. Be sure to stop at The Heritage Center and Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge. The Wounded Knee Massacre Site is located north and east of Pine Ridge.