Recently I watched an episode of 20/20 based on the challenges facing the Native Americans in the United States. The Indian reservations of South Dakota is one of the poorest populations in America. More specifically the Lakota Sioux Indians of the Pine Ridge reservation were the last tribe to stand up against the new arrivals that were attempting to take their land. These people live in extreme poverty. Many of them live in small quarters with 10 to 15 of their family members. These people live in conditions that many of us can never imagine. In this area there are no large businesses so the unemployment rate is extremely high. One of the largest issues recently that has hit the reservation is alcoholism and suicide. These two issues are running rampant as if it were an epidemic. Without a doubt the Native Americans of South Dakota are facing some hard times. The reason this episode stuck out to me is that it seems as though they are the forgotten people of the United States. Throughout the semester we have discussed poverty in different societies with different races and ethnicities but never focused on the Indians of the United States. These are the people that have been on this land from the beginning and they are suffering the most. Why is it that there isn’t any help for these people? It seems as though this is a never ending cycle for these Native Americans. Without the establishment of businesses their economy will never flourish because of the lack of jobs. Despite all these obstacles, the episode focused on three children with hopes and dreams that will not be stopped by the hardships they faced in their lives. The episode was really inspiring but for me the main question was are the Native Americans the forgotten group of America? If so, why is there such little attention paid to them?