Everyone who ever had the opportunity to visit the Pine Ridge Reservation, saw the difficult situation in which many Lakotas still live today. Many problems are related to the strange ownership system of the reservation lands. Joseph Stromberg has studied these issues, analyzed historical reports and laws and spoke with Lakotas all over the Rez. His analysis focuses on the historical reasons that still have an impact on today. He scrutinizes the relations between mixed bloods and full bloods, the lack of funding on the Rez, the behavior of the banking system and white land leasers. His analysis leads to recommendations on what needs to be changed to turn the tide on Pine Ridge.
Stromberg’s interesting Thesis “Lands of the Lakota: Policy, Culture and Land Use on the Pine Ridge Reservation” (2010) can be found here:
yes this is an important issue to learn to be able to understand the situation better. Thanks for this info. A few years ago I attended a lecture done by Henry Red Cloud and people of Villag Earth on that subject. Until that time I wasn´t aware about the land ownership and land use on Pine Ridge. More on that also to find here, and on - Lakota Land Recovery Project - :