American Indian Reservations:
An Indian reservation is a legal name for an area of land managed by the Native American tribe under the guidance of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Meaning they are their own sovereign nation and do not comply with the laws of the US or its states. Each of the 326 Indian reservations in the United States are associated with a particular Native American Tribes or "Nation". Not all of the country's 567 recognized tribes have a reservation, while some tribes have more than one. Other share reservations between multiple tribes. Basically, it's a huge jumble of private and public real estate that creates significant administrative, political, and legal difficulties.
The collective geographical area of all reservations is 56,200,000 acres. If you were to put them all together it would be about the size of the US State, Idaho. While most reservations are small compared to U.S. states, there are 12 Indian reservations larger than the state of Rhode Island. The largest reservation, the Navajo Nation Reservation, is similar in size to West Virginia.
The standard of living on most reservations is comparable to that in the 3rd world. They experience high infant mortality rates, low life expectancy, poor nutrition, poverty, and pervasive alcohol/drug abuse. The two poorest counties in the United States are Buffalo County, South Dakota, home of the Lower Brule Indian Reservation, and Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota, home of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (shown in the video above).
About the Music:
Exploding out of Canada's capital, native Producer and DJ crew A Tribe Called Red is making an impact on the global electronic scene with a unique sound.
A seemingly perfect mixture or hip hop, reggae, moombahton and dubstep-influenced dance music with elements of First Nations music, particularly vocal chanting and drumming.
Founded in Ottawa, Ontario, the group consists of Tim "2oolman" Hill and Ehren "Bear Witness" Thomas. Former member Dan "DJ Shub" General left the band for personal reasons in spring 2014 and was replaced by Hill.
Co-founder Ian "DJ NDN" Campeau left the band for health reasons in October 2017, with the band opting to remain a duo for the time being.
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