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Mortality:

  1. Lakota men have a life expectancy of less than 44 years, lowest of any country in the World (excluding AIDS) including Haiti.
  2. Lakota death rate is the highest in the United States.
  3. The Lakota infant mortality rate is 300% more than the U.S. Average.
  4. 1/4 Lakota children born are fostered or adopted out to non-Indian homes.
  5. Diseases such as tuberculosis, polio, etc. are present. Cancer is now at epidemic proportions!
  6. Teenage suicide rate is 150%/ higher than the U.S national average for this group.

Disease:

  1. The Tuberculosis rate on Lakota reservations is approx. 800% higher than the U.S national average.
  2. Cervical cancer is 500% higher than the U.S national average.
  3. The rate of diabetes is 800% higher than the U.S national average.
  4. Federal Commodity Food Program provides high sugar foods that kill Native people through diabetes and heart disease.

Poverty:

  1. Median income is approximately $2,600 to $3,500 per year.
  2. 97% of our Lakota people live below the poverty line.
  3. Many families cannot afford heating oil, wood or propane and many residents use ovens to heat their homes.

Unemployment:

  1. Unemployment rates on our reservations are 80% or higher.

Housing:

  1. Elderly die each winter from hypothermia (freezing).
  2. 1/3 of the homes lack basic clean water and sewage while 40% lack electricity.
  3. 60% of Reservation families have no telephone.
  4. 60% of housing is infected with potentially fatal black molds.
  5. There is an estimated average of 17 people living in each family home (may only have two to three rooms). Some homes, built for 6 to 8 people, have up to 30 people living in them.

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