Supreme Court Justice Alito visits Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

To my knowledge, United States Supreme Court justices have made very few official visits to Indian reservations.  A few years ago, Justices Breyer and O'Connor visited two or three reservations.

Recently, Justice Samuel Alito and other federal judges visited the Pine Ridge reservation and were briefed on Lakota culture and talked with tribal officials about issues facing Native Americans.

The judges were hosted by Red Cloud Indian School, and observed young powwow dancers showcase their skills and enjoyed a traditional Lakota meal.

The president of the Red Cloud School, George Winzenburg, welcomed the judges to the reservation and thanked them for "wanting to understand the history and culture of the Lakota and other Native peoples."

Several tribal council members accompanied the group, including Oglala Sioux Tribal Chairman John Yellow Bird-Steele, Tribal Chief Judge Pat Lee and Associate Judge Fred Cedar Face. Yellow Bird-Steele briefed the group on current health, economic, road and rural issues of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

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