indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+
ph: 202 630 8439
Job Opening - Editor - Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Times
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines

printer friendly version
Survey finds high-risk behaviors among BIA students
Thursday, November 13, 2003

Students at Bureau of Indian Affairs schools smoke cigarettes, use marijuana and drink at significantly higher rates than their public school counterparts, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.

Based on results from a 2001 survey, researchers found that most Indian students engaged in high-risk behaviors. A majority of respondents said they are current smokers while nearly half said they used marijuana and alcohol regularly.

"The findings indicate that a substantial number of these students engage in behaviors that put them at risk for premature death and disability and underscore the need for expanded health education and counseling programs and policies in [American Indian] communities and BIA-funded schools," the researchers wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication of the CDC.

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey was completed by about 5,600 high school students at 66 BIA schools. Only schools with more than 10 students participated due to privacy concerns.

According to the survey results, 87.7 percent of students smoked at some point in their lifetime. More than half, or 56.5 percent, reported current smoking while nearly a quarter, or 24.4 percent, said they were frequent smokers.

A majority of students, or 80.7 percent, said they had used alcohol in their lifetime. Nearly half, or 48.8 percent, said they were current drinkers and 38.4 percent reported "heavy episodic drinking."

More than three fourths, or 77.0 percent, of students reported lifetime marijuana use. About half, or 49.7 percent, said they were using marijuana currently. Additionally, about one in five students said they had tried cocaine and methamphetamine.

When compared with results of the same survey among high school students nationwide, the rates of tobacco, marijuana and alcohol use among BIA students was much higher. For example, only 20 percent of U.S. high school students were current smokers and one fourth said they were current marijuana users.

The rate of current drinking, at 47.1 percent, was comparable to BIA students but fewer U.S. students reported heavy drinking than BIA students. And far fewer U.S. high school students reported trying cocaine and methamphetamine than Indian students.

The survey results were reported by Lana Shaughnessy of the BIA's Office of Indian Education Program and Dr. Everett Jones, the director of Adolescent and School Health at CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Shaughnessy and Jones said the BIA is working to reduce the high rates of high-risk behavior among Indian students. They cited staff training, health programs and outdoor adventure-based counseling. "BIA also has established a therapeutic model program in three BIA-funded boarding schools to develop schoolwide systems of behavior supports and interventions to reduce high-risk behaviors and improve students' academic performance," they wrote.

Get the Study:
Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drug Use Among High School Students in Bureau of Indian Affairs--Funded Schools --- United States, 2001 (MMWR November 7, 2003)

Related Study:
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance --- United States, 2001 (MMWR June 28, 2002)

Related Stories:
Smoking rates among Natives highest in nation (10/10)
Study links childhood experience to alcohol abuse (09/19)
Indian Country tops drug report again (9/17)
Native youth top drug use survey again (09/06)
Native youth targeted in anti-drug ads (5/17)
Native youth heaviest smokers in nation (4/3)
Report: Native youth highest drug users (10/5)
Ad campaign targets youth drug use (9/7)
Drug use high among Native youth (9/1)

Copyright 2000-2003 Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:

Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Native Sun News: Urban Indian organization seeks new center (11/26)
Tentative schedule for White House Tribal Nations Conference (11/26)
Dean Suagee: EPA's Clean Power Plan affects Indian Country (11/26)
Mark Rogers: Finding something to be thankful for this holiday (11/26)
Appeal set in dispute over Navajo Nation presidential hopeful (11/26)
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe to issue IDs at tournament (11/25)
James Giago Davies: Polygamy and shunning in Lakota culture (11/25)
Ben Shelly: There's a lot to be thankful for on the Navajo Nation (11/25)
Cara Cowan Watts: Share the blessings of the Cherokee Nation (11/25)
Joe Sexton: BIA's 'ugly' land policies stuck in the 19th century (11/25)
Jenny Durkan: Cop who killed Native man wasn't charged either (11/25)
Oklahoma claims Citizen Potawatomi Nation must collect taxes (11/25)
Divided court won't extend Seneca Nation immunity to business (11/25)
Vice: North Dakota tribe sees $25M a month in energy royalties (11/25)
Members of Lumbee Tribe proud to carry on tradition of service (11/25)
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe donates $10K to local food pantry (11/25)
Slate: Non-Indians were encouraged to move to tribal territory (11/25)
Column: Remains of Dakota man hanged in 1862 kept in home (11/25)
Family members plead guilty to thefts from reservation town (11/25)
Authorities investigate fatal crash involving Bad River officer (11/25)
Editorial: Yakama Nation must disclose plans for clean water (11/25)
Roy Burton: Montana tribe puts its people at risk with gaming (11/25)
Lawmaker asks BIA to wait on Cowlitz Tribe casino acquisition (11/25)
Gaming compacts on agenda for 2015 session in New Mexico (11/25)
Quapaw Tribe faces even more competition for Kansas casino (11/25)
Pala Band wins final approval for online gaming in New Jersey (11/25)
Mashantucket Tribe still thinking about Massachusetts casino (11/25)
Tim Giago: Cornflakes every Sunday at Indian boarding school (11/24)
Charles Trimble: A time to give thanks -- For whatever reason (11/24)
Mark Trahant: Incoming Alaska governor opens doors to tribes (11/24)
Native Sun News: Four from South Dakota win big at rodeo final (11/24)
Suzan Shown Harjo to receive Medal of Freedom at White House (11/24)
Bill John Baker: Take pride in Cherokee Nation accomplishments (11/24)
Bryan Brewer: Tribal communities need better Internet service (11/24)
Harold Monteau: Teach children about our positive tribal values (11/24)
Crystal Willcuts: Keystone XL Pipeline just makes the rich richer (11/24)
PBS: VAWA helps tribes go after non-Indian domestic offenders (11/24)
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate in shock after shooting leaves 4 dead (11/24)
Complaint against Navajo Nation presidential hopeful dismissed (11/24)
Otoe-Missouria Tribe defends online loan business amid scrutiny (11/24)
Chippewa Cree Tribe swears in chairman more than a year later (11/24)
Florida Supreme Court declines Miccosukee child custody case (11/24)
Three arrested in fatal stabbing at Yankton Sioux tribal housing (11/24)
Mille Lacs Band grows economy with Oklahoma hotel purchase (11/24)
Editorial: BIA fails to resolve Cayuga Nation leadership dispute (11/24)
Former Choctaw Nation employee plans appeal in criminal case (11/24)
Faction of Chukchansi Tribe walks away from casino mediation (11/24)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.