"'It's literally, [according to the] U.S. census, the poorest place in America,Ripley said.
Ripley said the tribe has poor health, and little access to dental services, leading to many pulled teeth instead of proper repair work. The only part-time dentist works on one side of the reservation. Traveling there is equivalent to going across Connecticut.' " (Middletown, Connecticut where fluoridation is mandated state-wide)