Secretary of Education John King visits Pine Ridge Reservation

Education Secretary John King Jr., speaks at the Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota on May 12, 2016. Photo by Red Cloud Indian School

The leader of the Department of Education visited the Pine Ridge Reservation, the home of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, on Thursday.

Secretary John King, Jr., spoke to students at Red Cloud Indian School, a private institution, and Wolf Creek School, a public institution. His department later announced a $107,631 grant to a third school to address suicide on the reservation.

"The youth of this community represent its future," King said in a press release on Friday. "The Department of Education is committed to helping this community recover from these tragedies. This grant will help Oglala educators strengthen the learning environment so that all students can reach their full potential."

The Crazy Horse School will use the funds to hire two new counselors, according to the department. The money comes from the Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program.

Two other schools on the reservation -- the
Pine Ridge School and the Little Wound School -- previously received grants from the program. In total, more than $650,000 has been awarded to address the suicide crisis at Pine Ridge.

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Pine Ridge gets third grant for suicide recovery effort (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 5/13)
Red Cloud Indian School Welcomes U.S. Secretary of Education John King to Campus (Red Cloud Indian School 5/12)
Ed. Sec.: 'We've got to invest in paths to hope' (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 5/12)
U.S. Secretary of Education visits Pine Ridge (KEVN 5/12)

National Center for Health Statistics Documents:
Suicide Rates for Females and Males by Race and Ethnicity: United States, 1999 and 2014 | Data Brief: Increase in Suicide in the United States, 1999–2014

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