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Youth Suicides Plague South Dakota Reservation

The entrance to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Sioux tribe, is pictured on Sept. 9, 2012. (Kristi Eaton/AP)
The entrance to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Sioux tribe, is pictured on Sept. 9, 2012. (Kristi Eaton/AP)

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Sioux tribe, is wrestling with a sudden surge of teen suicides.

Seven young people have taken their lives since early December, and some fear others are being encouraged do so on Facebook – and with nooses that have been hung near kids’ homes.

Regina Garcia Cano has been covering the story and joins Here & Now’s Robin Young with details.

Guest

  • Regina Garcia Cano, reporter for the Associated Press, based in South Dakota. She tweets @reginagarciakNO.

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