This Twitter User Is Pulling Back the Curtain on the Harsh and Eye-Opening Realities of Life on an Indian Reservation

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When people think of Indian reservations, they mostly think of big, wealthy casinos, but this is a misconception that needs to die out.

In an effort to spread awareness, Twitter user @lilnativeboy (whose real name is Allen) shared his experiences to shed some light on what it’s actually like to live on an Indian Reservation — and the pictures are eye-opening to say the least.

Allen grew up on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico. His house, like most of the others there, had no electricity or running water. He didn’t even have an address.

Which means you won’t be represented in government, which means your situation won’t get any better. It’s a vicious cycle.

If they ran out, they had to drive two hours to haul back more.

Simple things like doing the dishes or taking a shower become incredibly difficult.

In that situation, I think I would just hold it. But that’s much easier said than done. And it gets much worse.

Thirteen grocery stores over 25,000 square miles, he means — which is absolutely ridiculous. That would be like having thirteen grocery stores and three hospitals throughout the entire state of West Virginia.

There might be thirteen grocery stores within 25 square miles of you. And same goes for hospitals.

And the people there are even charged a “junk food tax.”

So every evening is lit by either candles or (if you’re lucky and can get some batteries) a flashlight.

Meaning they just have to burn all their discarded items in a fire pit. Brace yourselves. It gets worse.

Hopefully you live near one of those three hospitals. Otherwise, you’re screwed in the event of a medical emergency.

You basically need a truck to get around, as any smaller car would get wrecked or stuck.

Apparently, the situation in Canada is just as bad.

Meaning the majority of people there still live in these horrible circumstances today.

If you can’t donate, you can at least spread awareness. The first part of addressing a situation like this is making sure people know what’s going on. Tell your friends and family, and be sure to share this travesty on social media.