Article Review: “Native Cry Challenges Indian Country To Walk 10,000 Steps for Suicide Awareness” An article written by a staff of Indian County Today Media Network (ICTMN) entitled “Native Cry Challenges Indian Country To Walk 10,000 Steps for Suicide Awareness” published online on 23 January 2013 proffered relevant issues about an organization’s pledge and commitment for Native American Indians to “stand up for suicide awareness”1. The organization, Native Cry Outreach Alliance, reportedly co-founded by the featured Quechan tribal member, acknowledged the need to enhance awareness to this dilemma since, according to its official website, “Native American youth are among the highest suicide rates of any ethnicity”2.
To assist in addressing the ultimate cause of the youths’ alleged depression in contemporary times, it would be crucial to understand the historical origin on the people. As emphasized by Calloway (2011), from the written experience of Keith Basso among the Western Apaches: “For Indian men and women, the past lies embedded in features of the earth… Knowledge of places is therefore closely linked to knowledge of the self, to grasping one’s position in the larger scheme of things, including one’s own community, and to securing a confident sense of who one is as a person”3.
Therefore, there should be a more in-depth understanding on the root cause of Native American youth’s depression that ultimately leads them to decide on taking their own lives in contemporary times. BibliographyBasso, Keith H. Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language among the Western Apache. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1996.Calloway, Colin G. First Peoples: A Documentary Survey of American Indian History. Bedford/St. Martins, 2011.ICTMN Staff. "Native Cry Challenges Indian Country To Walk 10,000 Steps for Suicide Awareness. " Indian County Today Media Network.
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