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Bernie Sanders speaks in Pine Ridge, S.D. (berniesanders.com photo)

Bernie Sanders speaks in Pine Ridge, S.D. (berniesanders.com photo)

Natives fo Bernie 1Pine Ridge, S.D. — U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders here Thursday called for a “new relationship” between the government and Native Americans. He said he was here to see what was happening at Pine Ridge, Oglala, Lakota and other reservations and highlighted a poverty level that was much too high. He said there was a “lot of pain” in the community.
In his speech Thursday Sanders said there were not enough decent jobs, the health care system is inadequate and “we need to fundamentally change the relationship between the U.S. government and the Native American community.
Sanders said the three county reservation were among “the poorest in the Country.” He said 49 per cent of the residents live below the poverty level and per capita income is $6, 286. He said 61 per cent of those under 18 years live below the poverty line. Life expectancy there is 48 years for men and 52 years for women. Infant mortality rate is five times the national average.
Sanders noted his national job plan to rebuild America, his healthcare for everyone, free college and university tuition, lower sky high prescription drugs, and to alter the income inequality rate that exists in this country as factors.
Speaking at the site of the Wounded Knee massacre of 1890, Sanders said “we owe a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.”
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