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The Wind River Indian Reservation maintains a prominent status in Wyoming.It’s said to be Sacagawea’s final resting place.
It’s also home to the state’s only two casinos.
And its crime rate is said to be five- to seven-times higher than the national average.
Today, the New York Times’ Timothy Williams profiled the Wind River reservation, which has an area the size of Rhode Island and is home to Shoshone and Arapaho tribes.¬†
Apathy and disillusionment haunt the reservation, Williams writes. Its 40 per cent high school dropout rate is more than twice the state average; the suicide for teens and young adults is likewise double.
These issues have long plagued many reservations, which has often led to increased violence.
To address the problem, in 2010 the Obama administration embarked on a domestic “surge” modelled on the U.S. military’s 2007 strategy in Iraq. In three of the four reservations targeted, crime was reduced.
But during the same period, violence at Wind River increased 7 %.
One family, Williams writes, just experienced its third murder in as many generations.
“As far as criminality, this is the pinnacle,” Michael Shockley, a local police officer, says. “You see everything here.”
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