Friday, December 7, 2007
Housing: an un-natural disaster
The small BIA/Tribal Housing Authority homes on the Reservations are scarce and many families live in old cabins or dilapidated mobile homes and trailers, with many trailer homes acquired through donations. Even though there is a large homeless population, most families never turn away a relative no matter how distant the blood relation. Consequently, many homes often have large numbers of people living in them, maybe as many as 17 in 2 or 3 rooms, and you will find many homeless families often using tents or cars for shelter.
It is reported that at least 60% of the homes on the Pine Ridge Reservation need to be burned to the ground and replaced with new housing due to infestation of the potentially-fatal Black Mold, Stachybotrys. There is no insurance or government program to assist families in replacing their homes.
Source: Stephanie M. Schwartz - Arrogance of Ignorance.
Picture: Kalpesh Lathigra - Lost in the wilderness.