your internet resource on facebook on twitter on Google+ on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
Dynamic Homes
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne life span falling short

Filed Under: Health | National
More on: montana, native sun news, northern cheyenne

Eugene Littlecoyote is the author of a mortality report on the Northern Cheyenne tribal population. Photo by Clara Caufield

Life span on Northern Cheyenne is 23 years less than average American life span
By Clara Caufield
Native Sun News Today Correspondent

LAME DEER, Mont. –– In mid-January, the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Board of Health (NCTHB) in its monthly magazine A Cheyenne Way printed a mortality report for enrolled Northern Cheyenne tribal members from the period of January 2015 to June 2106, an eighteen-month period. According to the report, during that time period there were 102 recorded deaths, 5.6 per month for the Tribe of 11,200 members, about 5,000 of which reside on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern Montana.

The report was prepared by Eugene Littlecoyote when he was the Public Affairs Coordinator for NCTHB, now Acting Administrator for the entire tribal health program. The statistics were provided by the Tribal Services Department which maintains data for enrolled tribal members, thus the report does not include other deaths of non-enrolled community members, still born births or children that didn’t have time to be enrolled.

“Otherwise, the statistics would be even more appalling,” Littlecoyote said.

Fifty-three (53) were male and forty-nine (49) female. The causes of death were natural causes: 77; accidental deaths: 11; homicides: 2; Suicides: 1; Pending investigation: 4; No Death Certificate: 6 with 1 unaccounted. The oldest age of death was 91, the youngest was 5 and the average age of death was 55.5.

The average American life expectancy is 78 while Northern Cheyenne’s is potentially 55.

“We live 23 years less, on average than other people in the country. Northern Cheyenne people should be alarmed -- but equally important we and our tribal leaders should be informed of this critical information because most of the early 'natural causes' of death are disease related. Understand that American society and its medical industry generally classify any death not involving external things like accidents, killings, or suicide as a natural cause of death. This means heart attacks, cancer, and organ failure from diabetes or cirrhosis are all considered natural," Littlecoyote explained.

Tony Prairiebear, tribal member and follower of traditional Cheyenne ways denounced the notion of many natural causes of death afflicting people of such young age.

“They’re not natural!" Prairiebear said. "They are from preventable diseases! Now we must turn our attention to identifying the diseases affecting us the most, what their causes might be, and how to better prevent them – so that we may live fuller lives."

Read the rest of the story on the Native Sun News Today website: Life span on Northern Cheyenne is 23 years less than average American life span

(Clara Caufield can be reached at

Copyright permission Native Sun News

Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Indigenous activists make presence known for climate march in DC (4/27)
Interior Department announces $5.7M in tribal preservation grants (4/27)
Mark Trahant: Senate candidate cites Standing Rock as 'awakening' (4/27)
Native Sun News Today: Battle over Whiteclay liquor just beginning (4/27)
Ivan Star Comes Out: Why are we still dealing with racism today? (4/27)
Albert Bender: Navajo family still waiting on justice for loved one (4/27)
Whiteclay liquor stores win surprise court ruling on liquor licenses (4/27)
Dakota Access firm faces fines for two spills of drilling fluid in Ohio (4/27)
Gathering of Nations gets ready for annual powwow in new venue (4/27)
Secretary Zinke lacks leadership team more than a month into job (4/27)
Republicans seek to avoid shutdown with temporary spending bill (4/27)
Supreme Court ruling seen as benefit to casino bus crash lawsuit (4/27)
Mashantucket Tribe charges off-duty officer for assault at casino (4/27)
Trump singles out Bears Ears as an 'abuse' of government's power (4/26)
Doug George-Kanentiio: Let's call Columbus by what he truly was (4/26)
Native Sun News Today: Lakota youth set up beekeeping business (4/26)
Cronkite News: Trump seeks to hire thousands of border officers (4/26)
Doug Pibel: New film teaches us about value of indigenous seeds (4/26)
Jenn Weddle: 'Best possible result' from court in sovereignty case (4/26)
Peter d'Errico: Oneida architect offers indigenous approach to law (4/26)
Whiteclay liquor stores aim to stay open pending fight for licenses (4/26)
Support for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leads to recall in Alaska city (4/26)
Mishewal Wappo Tribe loses appeal in federal recognition lawsuit (4/26)
Police use tear gas & rubber bullets at indigenous protest in Brazil (4/26)
Mohegan Tribe wants gaming disputes resolved in judicial system (4/26)
Supreme Court hands defeat to tribal interests in sovereignty case (4/25)
Matthew Fletcher: 'Gamesmanship' brings defeat in Supreme Court (4/25)
Supreme Court relists petition in Gun Lake Tribe gaming land case (4/25)
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute team wins NASA prize (4/25)
Former top Bureau of Indian Affairs official joins Washington firm (4/25)
Native Sun News Today: Groups fight uranium mining in Black Hills (4/25)
Cronkite News: Budget deadline falls on Donald Trump's 100th day (4/25)
Mary Annette Pember: Indian Child Welfare Act heals our families (4/25)
André Cramblit: Tribes must make language survival a top priority (4/25)
Cowlitz Tribe welcomes big crowd to $510M casino in Washington (4/25)
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.