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Teen suicide on Indian reservation brings tears of sadness, cry for help


AGENCY VILLAGE, S.D. — Fifteen-year-old Aiyana Englund got up in front of a crowd in the rotunda of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribal headquarters last summer and talked about respect.

The Dakota word is “ohoda,” and it’s one of the Sioux Indian cultural values.

Apparently, though, her words and thoughts were not enough.


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