North Dakota will receive more than $950,000 in federal grants to help address the suicide epidemic among American Indian youth, the state’s congressional delegation announced Thursday.
The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa will receive a $475,417 grant for the Youth Suicide Early Intervention and Prevention program; a $480,000 grant will be awarded to Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten, N.D., for the Wiconi Ohitika (Strong Life) Project.
In a joint statement, Sens. Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Rep. Rick Berg said the rate of youth suicide in the American Indian community is “staggering.”
“More must be done to ensure these young people have access to the care and support they need,” they said.
The grants were awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services.