"When the lights go out for good, my people will still be here. We have our ancient ways. We will remain."
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In the Shadow of Wounded Knee.
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Along the southwestern border of South Dakota is one of the most poverty-stricken places in the United States—the Pine Ridge Reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota people. After 150 years of broken promises, they are still nurturing their tribal customs, language and beliefs. Via
This was National Geographic Magazines cover story for August 2012, which combined reporting from Alexandra Fuller
as well as photography from Aaron Huey. A photojournalist, Mr. Huey spent seven years documenting life
on the Pine Ridge Reservation. A "Behind the Words" podcast
associated with this story can be heard for free at iTunes. (Look for publication date 8/1/12.)
2012 Photo Gallery
, and Photo Camp: Pine Ridge, South Dakota 2009
(The photos in the latter gallery were all taken by students.)
The Voices of Pine Ridge
: Photos and audio interviews, and the Pine Ridge Community Storytelling Project
, in partnership with Cowbird
. The Project is a collection of stories told by Pine Ridge residents about life on the Reservation. The cowbird link
goes to an archive of (currently) 165 stories. Mr. Huey's personal archive
Map: The Lost Land
. How broken treaties have reduced reservation lands.
"Did you ever want to be on the cover of National Geographic?"
Related: Mr. Huey's powerful and moving talk at TEDxDU
, in which he discussed his own relationship with the Lakota and the history of their interactions with the US government. The talk featured slides of photos he took at Prisoner of War Camp #334, also known as the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The TED talk gave rise to a collaboration between Mr. Huey and Shepard Fairey: Honor the Treaties
on the National Geographic cover story.