Buffalo County, where Crow Creek Reservation is located, has the highest rate of suicide of any other county in the state or nation, according to the data presented by the SDSSP. Buffalo County is also the poorest county in the nation.
On the Crow Creek Reservation, there is little for young people to do and the unemployment rate is 80 - 85 percent. It will take funding, which the tribe does not have, to create a recreation facility.
Young children are being raised by their grandparents because most of the middle age community is absent. The conditions they are growing up in are so dismal and they receive little to no attention from the people that should be nurturing them. They have been abandoned and abused both mentally and physically.
When I was on the reservation last summer I held a girl of 6 who had herpes around her mouth from sexual abuse. It's so wrong and so horrible what these children go through. They turn to suicide as an escape from the world which they feel they are facing alone. It's so wrong and so cruel and our group just can't leave these children. We love them and we want to help them so badly.