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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 04:52 PM
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Bleak Young Lives of Many Native Americans: Suicide, Depression, Poverty
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The Bleak Young Lives of Many Native Americans: Suicide, Depression, Poverty, Pregnancy

RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) - The obituary in the small town paper was heartbreaking: Chase Albert "Beka" Lussier, born Dec. 23, 1989, died March 21 at Red Lake High School. A freshman who played basketball and loved computer games.


Six paragraphs down, beside the photograph of a chubby-cheeked, smiling boy, came this sentence: "He spent his time juggling life between his family and his son."

A father at 15. Dead three months later. Shot with eight others by an alienated, despondent upperclassman who, at the end of his 10-minute walk through Red Lake High School, turned one of his guns on himself. snip

By themselves, the numbers for the Red Lake Indian Reservation are staggering. A state survey conducted last year of 56 ninth-graders showed that 81 percent of the girls, and 43 percent of the boys, had considered suicide.

Nearly half the girls said they'd actually tried to kill themselves. Twenty percent of boys said the same - numbers about triple the rate statewide.

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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 04:59 PM
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1. this is what happens
when one's lands are stolen and one's culture is suppressed. Ever talk to a Native American? Many of them were not allowed to even speak their language, and practicing their religion was BANNED in this country until the 70s. Many tribes have lost their religious traditions, and have borrowed from other tribes, such as the Lakota.

It will take more than money and a jobs program to heal the wounds to the souls of Native Americans, I fear.
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vpigrad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 05:10 PM
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2. The same could be said for blacks in this country...
but you'll never see the media talk about that.
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LittleWoman Donating Member (217 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 05:24 PM
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3. Some people are working to change the future
for Native American students at Bemidji State University.
<http://startribune.com/stories/156/5313818.html >
This is a very slow process, but I think this tragedy may have shown a light on the problem for many and maybe there are more out there who will be willing to work for the better. We have to go beyond the sensational details and into the hard work of what can be done to improve things for some of the forgotten peoples in this country. It is not enough to feel righteous anger without taking the next step into action.
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