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Pine Ridge Suicides Highlight Stresses on Native American Youth [Youth Today]

Tuesday, June 28, 2016  
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Pine Ridge


Pine Ridge, home of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, drew national attention last year after nine young people aged 12 to 22 killed themselves during a four-month period. Another 103 youth attempted suicide in that period, according to the New York Times.


Suicide is the second-leading cause of death, behind unintentional injuries, for American Indian youth ages 15 to 25, Robert G. McSwain, acting director of the Indian Health Service told Congress last year. The suicide rate for this age group is four times higher than the national average, he said.


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