Alaska Natives and American Indians have the highest suicide rate of any racial or ethnic group in the U.S., particularly among youth. Beginning about age 20, Native males are four times more likely to commit suicide than Native females, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Delegates from 13 Alaska Native and Lower 48 American Indian communities are meeting in Juneau this week to talk about suicide prevention. The conference includes delegates from the Alaska villages of Angoon, Huslia, Noorvik, Savoonga and Alakanuk.
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau