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Pine Ridge Suicides Highlight Stresses on Native American Youth


On May 29, family, friends and community members gathered at the Wounded Knee District School in Manderson, South Dakota, to unveil a headstone for Santana Marie Janis.

She died a little more than a year ago, one in a string of suicides among young people on the Pine Ridge Reservation. She was only 12 years old.

Pine Ridge, home of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, drew national attention last year after nine young people aged 12 to 22 killed themselves during a four-month period. Another 103 youth attempted suicide in that period, according to the New York Times.


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