Clara Caufield: Tribes are putting more of our people behind bars
It’s great to be back home on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation after a seasonal break. And, to my great surprise, once again working for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe as the Acting Transit Manager, an unexpected development, but helpful for “rez” survival.
Depending on how the tribal elections turn out, this could be either a very short or long term gig. Such is the nature of tribal employment.
But, the job is a keen reminder of the critical need for transportation on reservations such as Northern Cheyenne. So many need rides for basic needs: employment, medical appointments, to get food from the grocery store or commodity center, to attend educational classes or other meetings. And many - especially as the end of the month approaches - are challenged to come up with coins for the very minimal fares. Thus, many people still resort to hitch-hiking.