From the December 1971 magazine.

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The 'Social Problem' View

ST. FRANCIS, S. DAK.--The suicide rate among Indian teenagers [on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation] is three times the national rate and much higher on some reservations. Deaths from automobile accidents as a result of drunken driving are frequently a form of suicide. . . .

A teenage alcoholic is not only following an example set by his parents, he is experiencing the same reality that drove them to drink. The Indian's average yearly income, $1,500, is less than half the national poverty level. . . . Why shouldn't he drink when there's nothing else to do? Unemployment on Indian reservations ranges from 40% to 70%. . . .

-- Mona McCormick

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