Pine Ridge Selected as Federal Promise Zone
The Pine Ridge Reservation will get five free workers and preferential points on federal funding applications through a new Promise Zone designation announced Tuesday.
Tom Vilsack, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announced the addition of Pine Ridge and seven other impoverished areas of the country to the Promise Zone roster, which already included the original five communities designated last year.
Pine Ridge suffers 22 percent unemployment and a 49 percent poverty rate, according to information provided with the announcement.
“There is probably no other place in America that needs the focus, the coordinated effort, the additional points and the personnel more than the Pine Ridge area,” Vilsack said on a conference call with reporters.