The term “Skateboarding saved my life” is heard so often that it’s almost become a cliche. A thrown out line to make some sort of extra statement in a magazine interview or impress some tv news anchor to try and make them care. In the case of skating on the Pine Ridge Reservation the phrase holds a lot more weight.
I recently witnessed this firsthand at the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota — one of the largest and poorest in the US. Eighty to 85 percent of its population is unemployed; alcoholism plagues around 80% of its people; life expectancy rates on the reservations are the lowest in the United States. So yeah, not exactly ideal living conditions or the “American Dream” our government sells the rest of the world.
– Kevin Duffel via The Berrics
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