Cornwall concert Feb. 20 helps send aid, workers to help Oglala Sioux

The Cornwall UCC Church plans to send volunteers to help residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The Oglala Sioux live there in conditions that are often well below poverty level. To raise funds, there will be a concert at the church Feb. 20.Photo Submitted

CORNWALL — It has one of the lowest life expectancies in the world. The unemployment rate is 80 percent. About half its population lives below the poverty level.

This is not a Third World nation, but the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Lakota Nation Sioux Tribe. There, a deep-seated native culture thrives despite a lack of access to nutritious food, convenient health care and what seems to be a high propensity for alcoholism.

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