Can a New School Help the Girls of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation?
Twila True left the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of South Dakota before she turned five, relocating to Southern California through a government program that provided housing. Leaving behind an absent mother who struggled with alcohol abuse, True was raised by her grandmother. Every summer she returned to the reservation, watching over time as the gap between her life and that of her extended family widened. One thing in particular separated her from many of her peers on the reservation: a high school education.
“I struggled with knowing that I had seen almost a different world,” True told TakePart. “It was always a transition when I showed up.”