FACT AND STATISTICS INFORMATION FOR THE CROW CREEK SIOUX TRIBE

UPDATED:  JUNE 2015

  • There are approximately 1230 Crow Creek Sioux Tribal members living on the reservation. Currently, 44% or 541 of these members are under the age of 18, and 37% or 461 members are age 10 - 17.

  • The median income for Native American families on our Reservation is $13,750, far lower than the median family income of the State of South Dakota ($43,237) or the U.S. ($50,046).

  • The poverty rate on the Reservation remains at 56% and the unemployment rate is 58%.

  • According to the 2000 US Census, Buffalo County, the county where the majority of the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation is located, was the poorest county in the nation.

  • Today, Buffalo County's "per capita income" is $ 11,405 which makes it the sixth poorest county in the nation.

  • A report by the Business Research Bureau of the University of South Dakota declared the Crow Creek Indian Reservation as, "One of the highest risk environments in the nation for children. The high-risk status results from multiple factors such as: poverty, lack of proper schooling, generational child abuse and neglect, unemployment, high suicide rate and other negative environmental conditions. Currently, the children of the Crow Creek Reservation endure inordinately high rates of physical abuse, sexual abuse, alcohol-related neglect, teen pregnancy, child and adult alcohol and drug abuse, school absences and drop-out, and seven times the national rate of suicide and delinquency."

  • Although the tribal and federal governments provide the majority of jobs available on the reservation, more than 2 out of 3 employment-age residents are still unemployed.

  • According to the Crow Creek Tribal Court System, last year, there were 211 juvenile offenses on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation. Of this total, 43% of the offenses were directly related to alcohol and drug abuse; 16% were vandalism crimes; 15% were minors in need of care; 12% were related to some type of violence and abuse - domestic violence, child abuse, and elder abuse; 11%were probation violations; and 3% were weapons offenses.

  • According to the SD Department of Human Services, during the last 30 years, the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe has experienced a very high suicide rate that has had a devastating and demoralizing impact on the community. Buffalo County, in which most of the population on the Reservation lives, had a suicide rate of 49.2 per 100,000 population from 1980 to 2001, by far the highest rate in South Dakota and well over the national figure. By comparison, the state's rate during this period was 13.5 and the national figure was 10.8.

  • According to the U.S. Census, only 32.9% of Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Members received their High School Diploma or equivalent.

  • Over the last five years, the average dropout rate for the Crow Creek Tribal Alternative School has been 99.4%, according to the SD Department of Education.