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Resource ID: #17877
Subject: Crime
Source: Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Date: 27-Mar


The Argus Leader reports on the increasing crime rates on several South Dakota Indian reservations, rates that "surpasses crime in some of America's major metropolitan cities." Officials believe most of the crime is due to alcohol abuse. "In 1998, Pine Ridge authorities made 9,000 arrests for public drunkenness-roughly one for every five residents and made another 780 arrests for drunken driving. . .Tribal, state and federal officials stress that two other key factors contribute to crime: Extraordinarily high unemployment rates . . . and huge numbers of people living in poverty." Reporter Lee Williams examines these issues along with how local police officers and the community are trying to stop it.

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