Epidemic on the Reservation

“They call him the Tall Man spirit. He’s appearing to these kids and telling them to kill themselves.” On South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, nine people between the ages of 12 and 24 have committed suicide in the last five months. The NYT’s Julie Bosman tries to find out what’s going on. “Many more youths on the reservation have tried, but failed, to kill themselves in the past several months: at least 103 attempts by people ages 12 to 24 occurred from December to March.”

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