“The 1 Percent” is all over the headline news. It refers to richest one percent of the country’s population in contrast to all the remaining citizens – the 99%. But for many, particularly those on the South Dakota Indian Reservations, this comparison is upside down. Since it is more common to see the evidence of extreme poverty than the toys of the super rich, there is no basis for comparison. As a result there is a tendency to compare the super poor (the bottom 1 %) to the rest of us.
Unfortunately the bottom 1 percent rarely makes the headlines. Perhaps it’s too hard to believe that in this country children go to bed hungry in a shelter or home the rest of us would deem unacceptable, but it’s true and you can see it on South Dakota’s Crow Creek Reservation.
The people of Crow Creek have been referred to as “The Forgotten Ones”. Few are even aware of such a place and others know about it but don’t know what to do. After all, it is a complicated situation.
At Dacotah Tipis Habitat for Humanity we believe we can make a difference in one aspect: housing. If we can put families into safe affordable homes, we can make a difference. A big difference that perhaps may even lift some of the next generation of families out of the 1 percent.
If you would like to work with a program that it not a hand out, but a leg up that also inspires others in the community as well… please contact us:
Dacotah Tipis Habitat for Humanity
P.O. Box 487
Fort Thompson, SD 57339