Upward Camp in Pine Ridge and Rapid City, South Dakota
June 8-15, 2013
Our June mission trip to Pine Ridge will be centered around bringing an Upward camp to the children of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Rapid City area. To understand the mission, we must understand the need in Pine Ridge. “In a neglected and seemingly forgotten corner of South Dakota, is sacred, sovereign land known as the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation… This reservation is home to approximately 40,000 people, over 35% of which are under the age of 18. This reservation, which spans three counties, consists of 2.7 million acres, which makes it roughly the size of the state of Connecticut. Due to the remoteness, people are often unaware of the Pine Ridge Reservation, and for the most part, also unaware of the deplorable conditions and the contrasting statistics to that of the rest of our nation.” Just a few of the Pine Ridge statistics you can read more about on the Pine Ridge Mission website. See a map of Pine Ridge
- Unemployment rate of 80-90% and a per capita income of $7,880.00
- Suicide rate more than twice the national rate, Teen suicide rate four times the national rate, Infant mortality is three times the national rate
- Alcoholism rate estimated as high as 80%
- Life expectancy on Pine Ridge is the lowest in the United States and the 2nd lowest in the Western Hemisphere.
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