Racism at Core of Native Teen Suicides in Pine Ridge

by Dominique Alan Fenton Thursday, April 2 2015, 8:45 AM EST

In Pine Ridge, site of the massacre at Wounded Knee, commonplace teen angst is exacerbated by extreme poverty, historical trauma and racial discrimination. As a high school English teacher and newcomer, I understood early on that kids here come to know mortality much sooner than most. At 26, I’ve only been to one funeral: for my great-grandmother, who passed away peacefully at 97. Ask my students and they’ll tell you that when it comes to funerals they’ve lost track.

http://colorlines.com/archives/2015/04/racism_at_core_of_native_teen_suicides_in_pine_ridge.html

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