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Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Struggles With Suicides Among Its Young

May 1, 2015View for printing

Since December, nine people between 12 and 24 years old have killed themselves on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota, and dozens of others have tried, but failed.

A few days before Christmas, Santana Janis, a 12-year-old Lakota Indian, decided that she did not want to live anymore.

A bright, outgoing girl with a shy smile and passion for horseback riding, Santana's moods had turned dark. She lived in a derelict two-bedroom trailer with a grandfather, Earl Tall, and as many as a dozen siblings and cousins. Her mother, an alcoholic, was an intermittent presence in her life. Their town, Manderson, was torn by drinking, fighting and violence.

By JULIE BOSMAN

Full Story: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/02/us ... p-news&_r=0
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