Feds to work with tribes on suicide prevention

Billings, Montana (AP) November 2010
Federal agencies plan sessions in the Rockies and across the country on working with Native Americans on suicide prevention.

A meeting in the Rocky Mountain region is scheduled Nov. 23 at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Billings, Mont. Another session is set for Dec. 2 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Rapid City, S.D.

The agencies involved are the Indian Health Service, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Interior Department’s Indian Affairs.

Interior Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk says tribal leaders have asked for coordinated suicide prevention and intervention efforts, especially among youths. A national conference is planned Feb. 10 in Arlington, Va.

Indian Health Service