Another reason why Native Americans lost hope in the reservations was because medical treatment is so far that they would rather just give up. A lot of these reservations have no medical treatment and for them to be able to go to a hospital or any doctors they have to travel a really long distance just to be able to be cured or to be helped. Misha Friedman said,“In January, Cody was stabbed in the neck. It took an ambulance two hours to arrive. A 17-mile gravel road in Cherry Creek connects to a better road that eventually leads to Eagle Butte, the largest town on the reservation and home to just over 1,300 people. That's where the closest doctors are” and that is crazy because how can you survive 17 miles with a big whole in your neck? Here in the United States, where there are hospitals everywhere, there are a lot of deaths, because they couldn't make it to the hospital on time, and they are only like average of 20 minutes away. Now imagine someone in an ambulance for two hours losing blood and already fearing death. I imagine that every Native Americans would lose hope right on the spot, because they would rather die in peace then die racing to the hospital.
Another major reasons why Native Americans lost hope in the reservations is because a lot of these young Native Americans suffered from abuse from their parents and a lot of them have trauma and are basically afraid of life. According to Eliot Jager, “...many never finish high school; substance abuse is common on reservations; unable to overcome trauma, abuse, and neglect, Indians under age 24 are more likely to die than any other group”. This source states that a lot of these Native Americans are abused at a young age which means that since they were little they have been living a miserable life over the problems that the Native Americans, as a reservation, face.
One of the major reasons why Native Americans lost hope in the reservations was because of poverty. Money is like the key to the economic world. Unfortunately, Native Americans have a high percentage of poverty. According to a Program of Partnership With Native Americans, “The overall percentage of American Indians living below the federal poverty line is 28.2% (2008, American Indians Census Facts). The disparity for American Indians living below poverty on the reservations is even greater, reaching 38% to 63% in our service area (2006, National Center for Education Statistics, and other sources).” This source tells me that in the reservations the poverty percentage is way higher than the average, which is a big reason why Native Americans lose hope in the reservation.