Aaron Huey - In the Shadow of Wounded Knee
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is a sprawling area of land that encompasses parts of the Lakota Sioux tribe's traditional homeland, the Black Hills of South Dakota. Sadly, Pine Ridge continues to be the setting for an ongoing massacre within the tribe. Gangs on the reservation are out of control, and the violence they live by affects even the smallest villages. Pine Ridge is the quintessential example of the failure of the reservation system, with staggeringly depressing statistics on everything from violent crime (the average life expectancy for men is 48) to education. In this powerful new book, Seattle-based photographer Aaron Huey (born 1975) portrays the broken social landscape and desperate living situation that permeates Pine Ridge today. Huey, a photographer who has covered war and poverty in some of the most far-flung places on the planet, stumbled upon Pine Ridge several years ago and has spent the last few years trying to unravel its complexities. His color photographs stand as chilling testaments to the incredible difficulties facing the tribe as a whole, and the reparations yet to be made to them.