Two native tribes, one with a burgeoning solar industry and another almost totally reliant on coal, search for their own kind of tribal sovereignty.
Our series "Revolt" explores these issues in a fresh context, focused on Middle America. This is the fourth of six episodes that debut weekly.
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- "About a third of U.S. coal reserves west of the Mississippi are on tribal lands." - Property and Environment Research Center
- "South Dakota's Pine Ridge reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota Nation, has one of the poorest counties in the U.S." - U.S. Census Bureau
- "A lack of infrastructure means sky-high electric and utility bills." - Al Jazeera America
- "My great great grandfather signed a treaty back in 1868." - PBS
- "Tribes don't have representation in Congress — or even full ownership of their land. But they do have their own government, law enforcement, court system and tax jurisdiction." - National Congress of American Indians
- "About 1 in 3 Crow tribe members live in poverty." - U.S. Census Bureau