CHAPTER 9

Location, Location, Location

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Jordan Bentz once journeyed to hell.

It is also known as Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Warm Springs is a cold place. Rez life, as the natives call it, on the Oregon tribal land reeks of rampant crime, poverty, alcohol and drug addiction, and a shockingly high youth mortality rate that has branded it “the deadliest place for children” statewide.

In spring 2011, Bentz explored this American Indian sovereign state. For an award-winning report in Flux Magazine at the University of Oregon, Bentz sketched a bleak scene, “an expanse of one-story houses and worn brick buildings where more than 40 percent of ...

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