Too often, journalists covering Pine Ridge and other reservations default to stereotypes and "poverty porn," without depicting real Native lives

Too often, journalists covering Pine Ridge and other reservations default to stereotypes and “poverty porn,” without depicting real Native lives

On a cold winter’s night, a few minutes after 6 p.m., police in Rapid City, South Dakota were called to a house in the Lakota Community Homes development where Allen Locke and his family were living. Locke, 30, was drunk, his wife said, and she wanted him out of the house until he sobered up.

The responding officer, Anthony Meirose, found Locke on the kitchen floor. As Locke…