Since December, there have been at least 11 suicides of Native youth 19 or younger on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION — “A Thousand Men and Women Warrior’s Memorial March for Our Sacred Beings” is being planned on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
Suicide among youth is of epidemic proportions. Since December there have been at least 11 suicides involving youth 19 of age or younger on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This staggering figure does not account for dozens of others who attempted suicide.
Organizers of the march list the following reasons for memorial march:
- Memorialize the many child suicides that have plagued our Reservation over the past several years
- To bring awareness and National attention that this problem exists on a majority of Indian Reservations across the United States and Canada.
- To highlight and echo the Voices of our Youth, their vision of what a good Tribal community ought to look like, and seek funding and implementation for a youth council.
- To bring attention to systemic failures of the Tribal Council, tribal programs, public safety, education, land use and management, and the United States Government through it administrative agent—the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The ultimate goal is to arrest the epidemic that has plagued the reservation that has left families and tribal community devastated.
The march will take place from the powwow grounds in Pine Ridge, South Dakota to the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s headquarters and the Bureau of Indian Affairs complex.