The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is an Oglala Lakota Native American reservation, located in Oglala Lakota County in South Dakota. It is the eighth-largest reservation in the United States, larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined.
With an estimated population of approximately 40,000, Oglala County has the lowest per capita income ($8,768) in the country and ranks as the “poorest” county in the nation.
In Pine Ridge Indian Reservation:
- Average life expectancy is 66 years, the lowest in the U.S.
- Unemployment hovers around 90%
- High school dropout rate is over 70%
- Teenage suicide rate is 150% higher than the U.S. national average
Even though the reservation is so isolated, that doesn’t stop the people of Pine Ridge from being some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring.
GO Campaign’s partnership with the Oglala Lakota Children’s Justice Center (OLCJC) is championed by Davida Williams (Casual) and Leighton Meester (Single Parents), because of all the hard work and advocacy they do for Native American children. The Pine Ridge community is very close to Davida and Leighton’s hearts, and we are very excited to have them spearheading this campaign.
To keep the center operational for the next two months, we need to raise $8,800. Please join GO, Davida and Leighton in helping to support the incredible work of OLCJC by donating today!
The OLCJC currently has two dedicated staff members and a small number of volunteers who perform many hours of work on each child’s case. This small, but mighty program supports hundreds of children in crisis each year by serving as their advocates.
As advocates they:
- Visit the children in foster care
- Interview parents, caseworkers and medical professionals, and make recommendations to the court regarding the welfare of the children
- At present, they advocate for nearly 100 children ranging in age
from newborn to 17 in the tribal court system