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Bullying is Not Native: Indian Health Service Releases Anti-Bullying Video
Posted: April 19, 2012
Indian Health Service has released an anti-bullying Public Service Announcement (PSA) with a strong message: "Bullying is not Native and does not honor our traditions or culture."
An astonishing thirteen million kids face bullying each year according to government surveys, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the United States. American Indian and Alaska Native youth are no exception.
American Indian and Alaska Native youth experience bullying for a wide variety of reasons, including racism. A study released last year, "Focus on American Indians and Alaskan Natives: The Scourge of Suicides among American Indian and Alaska Native Youth," strongly indicates that bullying is one of the contributing factors in the high rate of suicides among American Indian and Alaskan Native. Tragically, the rate among Native youth is two to three times higher than the national average. Periodically, American Indian youth suicides are clustered in time and place. When this occurs, the suicide rate soars to 10 times the national average.