Welfare Reform On The Red Lake Reservation

NPR's John Biewen visits the Red Lake Reservation, home to a tribe of Chippewa Indians in Northern Minnesota. Almost half the adults are unemployed, the tribe is dependent on welfare to survive. The small casino isn't located close enough to any metropolitan areas to produce income. Red Lake, the second largest lake in the state, has been "fished out" and the once-thriving commercial fishing industry is gone. And there is little economic development. But with welfare reform, Native Americans have less than 5 years to find jobs before they lose welfare ....and the reservation is scrambling to figure out what to do.

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