Deaths of despair – the catchall name for deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide – have seen 'alarming' increases across the country since 2005.
He wasn’t my patient, but he told his mother he was having suicidal thoughts and he needed to be seen right away.
Haskell Indian Nations University is mourning the loss of Darrian Diwayan, a basketball standout from the Pueblo of Laguna.
Are we living longer or not? For Indian Country the answer is complicated.
A simple change in federal law will help tribes address suicide in their communities, according to a bipartisan group of lawmakers.
Native American reservations are experiencing an epidemic of suicide that is claiming the lives of countless young people.
Almost everyone has been touched by suicide and those left behind most often suffer in silence.
The grandfather of a 14-year-old girl who died at a Bureau of Indian Education boarding school in South Dakota has filed a lawsuit against the federal government.
According to the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, 18 people have taken their lives on reserves in Ontario since January.
Native youth suffer from high rates of suicide and Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a former U.S. Senator, believes racism is one of the causes.
The money will be used to address suicidal behavior and substance misuse among Native youth.
The #NoDAPL movement, preventing suicide and promoting educational opportunities are among the top priorities of the new generation in Indian Country.
The challenges ahead are undeniable, but I’m confident even the most daunting hurdles will be overcome.
I saw a news film many years ago about one of the concentration camps in Poland after World War II had ended.
A summer art program on the Pine Ridge Reservation introduced professional artists to tribal youth in an effort to help combat the high rate of suicide among young Lakota.
What we need now in Indian Country and our communities, both rural and urban, are strategies.
The Full Circle-Kyle Health Center program’s innovative approach emphasizes the positive aspects of life, including individual achievement within a group, or collectivistic, setting, family and community.
Even in a city of well-educated residents, I have encountered so many people who know little to nothing about native people, even though Wisconsin is home to 11 federally recognized tribes.
Full Circle Martial Arts was invited to the Pine Ridge Reservation to help combat the recent suicide epidemic by giving kids a place to go, a physical activity to take part in and an environment where they could find a support network.
The Education Department also announced a $107,631 grant to address suicide on the reservation.
Attawapiskat and other Native communities have but one way forward: to address each other and challenge the surrounding world at a depth that arises from the soul and meets history, with an aim to recover the balance between spiritual and temporal that allows humans to live free lives.
They are more precious than diamonds. They are love personified. They are proof of our ancestor's victory over tyranny and death.
Suicide rates among American Indian women grew by 89 percent between 1999 and 2014, representing largest rate increase among all racial and ethnic groups in the United States.
Suicide on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has been a hot topic for decades as many have lost their battle with the disease.
The Cross Lake First Nation in Manitoba lacks adequate health care services to address the ongoing crisis.
The residents of the Cheyenne River Reservation are tired of their children leaving this world too early.
My father's suicide is never far from my mind. I go outside at night and I look at the stars and I think about him.
The agency would see a record $6.6 million in funding under the last budget of President Barack Obama's administration.
In the past 18 months, seven people in a small community have taken their lives.
Louis Bunyan was 21 years old when he died while in police custody in July 2011.
Chairman Harold Frazier of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe discussed health care, youth suicide and economic development during the inaugural speech.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe is preparing to fight the battle against suicide well into the future, according to the executive director Tiger Brown Bull.
People my age grew up watching more incidents of heavy drinking, drugging, child abuse and neglect, as well as extreme violence and devastating sex crimes happening on our homelands.
At least 20 young people on the Pine Ridge Reservation have taken their lives since December and more than 250 have attempted suicide.
Suicide is not a spontaneous event it is the last act in a scenario that has progressed to this moment.
You do not have to go to Iraq, Syria, or Afghanistan to find the third-world and real and immediate threats to American citizens, all you have to do is visit a reservation.
We can point that proverbial finger of blame at the white man and whine endlessly about what our ancestors had to endure and for what we are coping with today until the sun stops rising but it won’t so us any good.
North or South, elections still matter, and Native people deserve and need a strong voice to help determine our elected leaders and their policies.
Our generation faces life and death circumstances and an epidemic, except sometimes it doesn’t seem like we’re doing as much about it as we could.
A changing Arctic? It’s a region that presents incredible challenges and opportunities for Indigenous People.
One elder wondered why the largest inter-tribal organization in the lower 48 failed to put suicide on the agenda for its annual meeting.
The tribe has lost 20 young people since December and more than 250 have attempted suicide.
Four young people have taken their lives in Hooper Bay, a Yup’ik community, over the last three weeks.
It's a misunderstood issue that continues to haunt Indian Country, whether through the loss of a child, spouse or friend, suicide has visited every family on the reservation.
The Nukak Maku emerged from the Amazon rainforest in 2005 after their lives were threatened by a rebel group.
Chairman Thomas O’Rourke, who lost his son in 2009, spoke to participants of the Arcata Out of the Darkness Walk.
The suicide rate among American Indians ages 15 to 34 is 2.5 times higher than the national average.
When I was growing up on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, there were many traumatic happenings in my little life and it seemed that no one really cared.
Oglala Sioux tribal member Amanda Carlow brought home new hope and support for survivors of youth suicide when she returned from a weeklong symposium for mental health professionals in Oxford, England.
Most of the recent headlines about indigenous Americans have had to do with a certain D.C. football team, or a surpassingly dumb Adam Sandler movie.
Hamilton Seymour, age 15, introduced First Lady Michelle Obama at the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering last week.
The Parmelee youth group officers sponsored a suicide awareness walk/run/bike ride last week as part of their Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative challenge.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has held six hearings in a decade on a problem that affects tribes across the nation.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe has declared an emergency in response to a large number of suicide and suicide attempts among youth.
President John Yellow Bird Steele of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Chairman Darrell Seki will testify before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
The Indian Health Service doesn’t acknowledge the reality of oppression within the lives of Native people.
Federal programs to address the issue need more support, the White House urged in its Native youth report.
The Durant Democrat interviews Chief Gary Batton, who is rounding out his first term as leader of the Choctaw Nation and is running for election in July.
It's heartening to see people outside of our communities care about an issue that has plagued us, but I wonder why The New York Times gives more credence to a Non-Native than it would give to a voice who is either Native or has been a Native ally.
Sexual abuse is a topic rarely discussed with children on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.