For a day of field recordings, we headed up to Eagle Butte, a small town located within the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.
Dana Dupris, like many of the Lakota Indians interviewed, described the unpleasant living conditions on Indian reservations. He compared reservations to prisons, as Indians had no say in where the government forced them to live. He was saddened that Indians were not free to live on the land that was once theirs.
Marcella LeBeau came in with Julia Monczunski, a reporter from our partner station, South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Ms. LeBeau described her service as a World War II nurse as "one of the greatest honors and privileges of my life."
Thanks to Julia and South Dakota Public Broadcasting for organizing this moving look at reservation life.