Even though there might be several factors in young suicides on reservations. This is what I see in my own limited perspective. I have family where there is depression. Younger women get mixed up with bad young men, and they have children, and the fathers are either irresponsible, do drugs and don't take any interest in the kids. They are fed their depression and dignity loss on a daily basis by the government "taking care of them". No sense of dignity or accomplishment, that comes through self worth from building something yourself. In my own family the young women were told to marry another Indian, instead of marrying someone they might love. On some tribe the constant complaint of the communities are that "white people" are stealing our babies....but yet the tribal communities don't want the responsibility of the kids...so consequently they are shipped off to other foster homes who care for them. Than its more blame shifting to the evil white race which eventually culminates into a self hatred because of tribal fixation on physical blood standards which were white European anyway....and the cycle just keeps repeating itself.
Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 09:32