Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

Grandparents raising grandkids at Pine Ridge


RAPID CITY –– According to the most recent census, 58.7 percent of grandparents living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are raising their grandchildren.

In traditional times, the extended family was the accepted norm in communities as family elders contributed to the rearing of tribal youth.

In today’s society, this can be a huge burden mentally, emotionally, physically and financially for these grandparents who are often living on a fixed income far below the Federal poverty level.


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