Rural scene, Clay County, eastern Kentucky.
.50 cal. (machine gun shoot), Badlands, South Dakota.
Bison, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota. Plains Indians depended on buffalo for food, shelter, and spiritual guidance before the great herds, estimated between 30 and 200 million animals, were exterminated with the support of the U.S. government in the 1800s. Military leaders expressed their desire to eradicate the buffalo to deny Indians of their own source of food.
Chris Hawkins and his daughter's mother, Brittany Bullman, with Beautifull Anyia Bullman Hawkins (nine months) in Allen, Pine Ridge Reservation. The three live with Hawkins' mother. With unemployment on the Oglala Lakota reservation at over 80 percent there are few options for the 18-year-old parents.
Snowstorm, Iowa City, Iowa.
John Neumann works on his pickup, Cactus Flat, South Dakota.
Horse races at the Oglala Lakota Nation Pow Wow, Pine Ridge Reservation. Lakotas celebrate traditional life throughout late summer with Sun Dances, Pow Wows, and horse races across the reservation. Pine Ridge sits in the poorest region of America, but is a section of the country rich with culture and traditional life.
God + War, Detroit, Michigan.
Family and friends view the body of Chaise Sherrors, 17, who was shot and killed on Detroit's East Side just weeks after his good friend Je’Rean Nobles was shot to death in the same area. Nobles' killing lead to the accidental shooting death of seven-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones by police. Sherrors’ mother, Britta McNeal lost her 14-year-old son a year earlier, also shot. Detroit's East Side is the poorest, most violent part of the nation’s poorest, most violent big city. Chaise Sherrors was shot while giving a haircut on a porch.
Praying during the sermon of Pastor Wilma Johnson at New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan.
Fashion shoot at the Packard Motor Car Company plant, Detroit, Michigan.
Watching the wild horse race, youth rodeo, Oglala, Pine Ridge Reservation. Lakota traditions as well as Western culture are strong throughout the reservation.
Story Summary: The Badlands of South Dakota are surrounded by one of the most economically depressed regions in the United States. While economic and social strife are commonplace in the Badlands, this is also a section of the country rich with culture and traditional life. Much of the Badlands are part of the Pine Ridge Reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota, a tribe once led by the legendary war chief Crazy Horse. Pine Ridge is also where some 300 men, women, and children were slaughtered by the U.S. 7th Calvary at the Massacre of Wounded Knee in 1890, the tragic end to the Indian Wars.
Two out of three people on the reservation live below the federal poverty line, and the unemployment rate hovers between 85 and 90 percent. Life expectancy is 48 years for men and 52 for woman. Though faced with staggering poverty, many Lakotas work to preserve traditional culture and maintain their community.
Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, Iowa.
A cowboy at La Esquina, The Corner Lounge, on Friday night in downtown Marshall, Missouri.
Hillary Clinton campaigns at a private residence in Cedar Rapids, Iowa during her first attempt at the White House in 2008. Clinton made her 2016 presidential campaign official with a video to supporters outlining her intentions.
Iowa Republican Party supporters and party activists wait in long lines to meet with presidential candidates after the Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa.
Summary: The Iowa Republican Party's Lincoln Dinner drew 11 presidential contenders and likely candidates in the state that kicks off the race for the White House with the first in the nation caucuses. Nearly 1400 party members and activists filled a large ballroom in downtown Des Moines for the largest event to date in the battleground state. Candidates attending included: Senator Rick Santorum, Dr. Ben Carson, Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Jeb Bush, Governor Rick Perry, Senator Rand Paul, Governor George Pataki, Senator Lindsey Graham, Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump, and Governor Scott Walker.
Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, campaigned at an event in Carroll, Iowa.
Summary: Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks during a campaign stop in Carroll, Iowa. Gingrich is the latest Republican candidate to rise in polls, one even showing Gingrich in a statistical tie with Mitt Romney. Gingrich was introduced by a local official at an event in Jefferson, Iowa earlier in the day as a leading contender for the GOP nomination. "It's the first time anybody, anywhere has introduced me as the leading candidate, which is kind of neat," Gingrich said to the overflow crowd.
Audience members during speeches at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa.
Summary: While there was much talk about who was not there, Iowa Congressman Steve King’s inaugural Iowa Freedom Summit drew many Republican considering a presidential run. Hosted by the conservative congressman with hard-line views and controversial rhetoric on immigration, King, along with Citizens United gave Republican voters and activists their first taste of the upcoming political frenzy that will overtake Iowa. The event seemed to be a test of endurance for the audience, and after nine hours of speakers it was impressive to see only a few hundred of the 1250 who filled the theater early Saturday morning had left. Speeches by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Texas Senator Ted Cruz were eagerly anticipated and well received. Dr. Ben Carson had a breakout moment with Iowa’s Republicans delivering a speech that electrified the crowd and after a standing ovation King retook the podium and said one word, “Wow.” Sarah Palin brought the audience to their feet when taking the stage only to deliver what the media labeled a “bizarro” speech that wandered aimlessly at times. Donald Trump told an interviewer that he was seriously considering a run for president and that self-funding the campaign was nothing for him. During his speech, Trump attacked the currant administration but didn’t stop there as he took shots at both Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush. Protestors from the DREAM Action Coalition interrupted former Texas Governor Rick Perry’s speech and another briefly interrupted Governor Chris Christie who answered back, “Don’t they know I’m from New Jersey.”
Journalists outnumbered voters at Hillary Clinton's first campaign stop at a community college in Monticello, Iowa on April 14, 2015.
Summary: Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton campaigned in Iowa for the first time since officially entering the race. Clinton visited a community college in Monticello, Iowa on April 14, 2015, meeting with educators and students in an auto shop. The low key event marked the campaign's approach to connect with Iowa voters in the state that first votes in the presidential nomination process.
Reveling in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada.