P I N E R I D G E R E S E R V A T I O N
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The Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Reservation covers 11,000 square miles, making it the second largest reservation in the United States. The unemployment rate here is approximately 83-85% and about 97% of the population lives below Federal poverty levels. Pine Ridge is located in what is considered to be one of the poorest counties in the United States. These wonderful first Americans did not create this situation. The authorities and much of the church in its early days corralled the Lakota people onto the reservation and stripped them of their cultural and human rights. We have visited the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota seventeen times in the last 6 years sharing the Gospel and bringing God's love. We have also brought coats, blankets, baby supplies, feminine supplies and food. We have also offered five free dental clinics for the people and look forward to the next time God calls us to South Dakota.
ANNUAL DENTAL CLINIC
We go to South Dakota at least once a year and hold a free Dental Clinic for the Lakota People on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. There is a serious need for dental care because the Pine Ridge Reservation's population has a large quantity of individuals suffering infections, unseen injuries and lack of care. We aim to offer a more comprehensive view of the oral health problems in Pine Ridge today. We most commonly do cleanings, teachings on oral health, fillings, and other restorative procedures.
We hold a booth at the National Hinman Dental Convention in Atlanta every March with the purpose of finding support and volunteer help to complete the work that we do in the Pine Ridge Reservation each year. Of course, it is a great opportunity to spread the Gospel and to pray for people.