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20/20 Hidden America – Children of the Plains

20/20 Hidden America – Children of the Plains

Children of the Plains:

Diane Sawyer travels to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation where some of the proudest Americans, living in unthinkable conditions, refuse to be defeated: a young girl filled with “American Idol” dreams, yet facing a life-changing reality; a high school quarterback whose strength and spirit knows no bounds; a magical little girl filled with hope. For over a year, as she has done with the poverty-stricken children from parts of Appalachia and Camden, New Jersey, Sawyer and her team followed young fighters and dreamers, this time from the Lakota Indian Tribe in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, living in the shadows of Mount Rushmore. A once-mighty people desperately trying to hold on, Sawyer finds that even with all of its grinding poverty and alcoholism, it’s a place from which warriors can still rise. (

Beezley Management Project at Pine Ridge Reservation

The Oglala Sioux Tribe, Department of Public Safety has been awarded a contract to construct an approximately 93,320-square-foot, free-standing justice center in Pine Ridge, South Dakota that will bring its judicial system under one roof. The project is part of a $40 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) under the Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, a law that provides Indian tribes greater control over funding that affects their welfare. Here is the link to Beezley’s project at the Oglala Sioux Tribal Reservation –

20/20: Children of the Plains Report

If you have a chance please watch the report aired on 20/20 by Diane Sawyer entitled “Children of the Plains.” The struggles on Indian Country can NOT be forgotten.