WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) penned an op-ed for Indianz.com highlighting the introduction of the Native American Suicide Prevention Act in the Senate by Senators Warren and Murkowski (R-AK). Rep. Grijalva introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. The bill will address the growing and disproportionate rates of suicide in Indian Country by empowering tribes to become involved with statewide suicide interventions and implement culturally competent solutions for their communities. The op-ed on indianz.com read in part:
“We have heard the devastating stories of young people taken from us too soon and the trauma left behind by their death. We have heard the heart-wrenching stories from parents, siblings, and friends who were unable to recognize the signs of depression before it was too late. We have heard from constituents, advocates, and tribal leaders who are demanding action and a seat at the table in the effort to create a solution that solves this crisis and saves their communities. The Native American Suicide Prevention Act recognizes their important voices, upholds tribal sovereignty, and asserts that tribal communities are active participants and partners for designing and implementing the suicide prevention programs that best suit their communities.”
Click here to read the fill op-ed on Indianz.com.
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