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Yurok Tribe Declares Emergency After Rash of Suicides


The Yurok Tribe has declared a state of emergency after seven young tribal members took their own lives over an 18-month span.

The tribe is working with tribal, state and federal agencies and developing a "broad, collaborative plan to identify the root causes of this epidemic," according to a press release. All of the suicides were committed by tribal members between the ages of 16 and 31, and all took place in or near Weitchpec, an isolated community in north-eastern Humboldt County, north of Hoopa.


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