As I have blogged already, a serious suicide epidemic is hitting many reservations
Here, in part, is another news report:
“many Native Americans are still struggling.
Among the Native American population, poverty still ranks very high, alcoholism and other substance abuse issues are a major problem and one-third of Native youngsters never graduate from high school, which does not place the Native American population into a position for success in coming generations.
But, above everything else, there is an even tougher challenge being faced in many Native American communities; keeping the kids alive. Suicide among Native American teens is now at epidemic status. The tribal suicide rate, including all ages, is 70 percent higher than for the general population. When considering just the Native American youth suicide rate, it is even higher. There are some reservations where the youth suicide rate is more than 10 times the national average. . . .
On Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, teen suicide is the second-leading cause of death. Drunk-driving accidents are the only thing that ends more lives. . . .
The new health care bill that was recently signed by President Obama provides additional funding for youth suicide prevention programs. Although it isn’t earmarked specifically for Native Americans, it is certain that a portion of the funding will be used to help slow the suicide epidemic on the reservations. . . .”