Senate hearing in Mont. examines Indian suicides

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Posted: Aug 09, 2011 7:08 PM
Senate hearing in Mont. examines Indian suicides

The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding a field hearing to investigate the high rate of youth suicide at a reservation in northeastern Montana.

More than 100 people, including some parents and relatives of suicide victims, attended the Tuesday afternoon hearing at Poplar High School on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester presided over the hearing. The Montana Democrat says the youth suicide rate on the Fort Peck Reservation is 10 times the national average.

Six students from schools on the reservation committed suicide last year and nearly 20 made attempts at killing themselves, causing leaders from the reservation's Sioux and Assiniboine tribes to declare an emergency.

Tester calls the trend "unacceptable."