just another bit of info
"Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young American
Indians aged 15 - 34 and is the eighth leading cause of death among
all age groups in Indian country, according to data from the Centers
for Disease Control.
In 2004, 10 young adults and youth succeeded with their suicide
attempts on the Standing Rock Reservation, which is located in both
North and South Dakota. The suicide rate across the nation in Indian
country is said to be, by some estimates, more than 250 percent higher
than that of all ethnic groups across the country combined."
"The statistics are grim: The suicide rate for American Indians and
Alaskan Natives ages 15 to 24 is three times the nation's average,
Carmona says. And it is estimated that there are 13 nonfatal attempts
for every fatality.
The High Plains has seen its share of incidents. The Cheyenne River
Indian Reservation in South Dakota has lost 17 teenagers to suicide in
recent years. On the Standing Rock reservation, which straddles the
border between North Dakota and South Dakota, at least 10 teenagers
have taken their own lives since early 2004.
Perhaps the most highly publicized suicide was in Minnesota in March,
when 16-year-old Jeff Weise killed nine people -- including several
students at Red Lake High School -- before turning a gun on himself.
The shootings brought a mountain of attention to the Red Lake Indian
Reservation and depression among teens there."
I think because they live in such cruel living conditions they feel they have nothing to live for? Also statistics show that for every suicide there
is 13 attempts... so it must mean on Standing Rock Reservation in 2004 there would have been about 130 attempts on ones life... the population is
8,250 as of the 2000 census
edit on 27-2-2011 by TheForgottenOnes because: (no reason given)
edit on 27-2-2011
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