"Suicide is the second-leading cause of death behind unintentional injuries among Indian children and young adults, and is on the rise, according to the Indian Health Service. Native Americans ages 10 to 24 killed themselves at more than twice the rate of similarly aged whites, according to the most recent data available from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
The Diocese of South Dakota is working to implement an ambitious model of at-risk youth ministry on the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Reservations. The model seeks to raise up local leadership from among the Tribal young people. Details are on the first page of the latest Diocesan newsletter.