Slideshow: The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

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The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota is, to borrow a phrase from journalist Chris Hedges, a “sacrifice zone.” It’s a place where, he writes in his new book, “the belief that we have a divine right to resources, land, and power, and a right to displace and kill others to obtain personal and national wealth, has left in its wake a trail of ravaged landscapes and incalculable human suffering.” The surrounding Black Hills region was once rich with timber, coal, gold and uranium; now 49 percent of people on the reservation, mostly members of the Oglala Lakota tribe, live below the poverty line.

Seattle-based photographer Matthew Williams has been spending time with the Lakota since 2006 and shot these images over the course of the past six years.

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