Magazine August 29, 2016, Issue

Locked In

The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians, by Naomi Schaefer Riley (Encounter, 232 pp., $23.99)

Let me tell you about “lock-in” — a practice at Pine Ridge, the Indian reservation in South Dakota. One weekend a month, a school has lock-in, literally locking children into the school, where they play games and so on. Lock-in is timed for the arrival of government checks. When adults receive them, they have money to booze up, and when they do, they are likelier than ever to abuse the children. Hence, lock-in, for the kids’ protection.

They could use this all the other days of the month, too.

Naomi Schaefer Riley tells us about lock-in in her new book, The New

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