The New York Times
Helping Indian Tribes
February 12, 2012

“An Indian Reservation in Crime’s Deadly Grip” (front page, Feb. 3) correctly draws attention to the problems of Indian reservations in the United States. Especially striking was the statistic that more than 80 percent of the residents of Wind River Indian Reservation (Wyo.) are unemployed.

The economic downturn has hit Indian country much harder than other parts of the nation. And without the ability to generate revenue and provide jobs for tribal members, we will perpetuate a cycle of poverty.

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