Suicides Rates of American Indian Youth on Reservations 2.5 Times Higher Than U.S. Average-Special from the Reservation Report: A Monthly Media Letter Regarding American Indian Policies

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs recently told the Senate Indian Affairs Committee that suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among Indian children, ages 5 o 14, on reservations today and the 2nd leading cause for those aged 15 to 24. Young native Indian men are more likely to carry out suicide inclinations whereas native women are likely to think more often about doing so than actually taking the fatal step.

Jean Pagano, reporting on the Senate hearing for the Nat

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