Clark Iron Hawk,  46 years old attends the powwow hoping to make a little extra money in the dance competition. He wears a beaded costume his wife imade him by hand. Aside from occasional work as a day laborer, it’s one of the only ways to make money for people like him who live far outside of Eagle Butte.  Hawk says the shortage of jobs makes life on the reservation difficult. Hawk knows hardship–his 16-year-old son died a few years ago from seizures. Epilepsy is a common
problem on the reservation. He says dancing in the powwows gives him a sense of pride and spiritual focus.

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“In 1978, it might have been economically feasible and perfectly legal for an executive to award himself a multimillion-dollar bonus while shedding 40 percent of his work force and requiring the survivors to take annual furloughs without pay. But no executive would have wanted the shame and outrage that would have followed any more than an executive today would want to be quoted using a racial slur or photographed with a paid escort.”

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