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A portrait of hunger on Pine Ridge - Part 6 of 8


WANBLEE — Carol Two Crow has always lived on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and hunger has been with her her whole life.

She grew up in Kyle, but now lives in a HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) housing addition in Wanblee with her two sons, both of whom are unemployed. Jobs are scant on Pine Ridge, where the unemployment rate hovers near 80 percent. Rapid City, the nearest potential employment hub, is more than 200 miles away round-trip.

Two Crow stands tall, maybe a few inches shy of six-foot. She wears a loose-fitting plain white t-shirt with the sleeves cut off, a pair of faded blue jeans, and black soccer sandals. Her silver hair is pulled back in a loose ponytail. Choppy silver bangs frame her face, which is one shade paler than you imagine and shows the topographical evidence of 70 years of emotive life under the South Dakota sun.


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