I write on health and human rights in Native American communities, as well as on aspects of culture—Native and not—including food, gardening and the arts.
The emergency room doctor was furious at the abuse heaped on Audre’y Eby's son. The boy's injuries would soon lead to an arrest warrant for the mother—not because she had caused the harm, but because she did not return her son, along with his wheelchair-bound twin, to their abusers.
Indian country is a very different world from the one most of us mainstream reporters inhabit. Here are some ways to make stories about Native Americans easier to put together and more accurate.
"We Breathe Again" tackles the reality of high suicide rates in Alaska and the prevention efforts aiming to help. The film's director says, the movie is "about serious issues, but it’s also uplifting—a healing journey."
At risk youth have an opportunity to make a change and get the help they need through a suicide-prevention camp put together by Native American tribes.
In some Native American communities in South Dakota, youngsters kill themselves at a rate at least triple the United States average.
Native children make up about 13 percent of South Dakota’s child population, but typically represent about 50 percent of those in foster care. The story examines the state's response to claims of child sex abuse in foster care and by adoptive parents.
Stephanie Woodward reports on how The Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) has started to take steps towards healthier, diabetes-free youth, with informational video and media materials.
My latest story, Rough Justice in Indian Child Welfare, provides a rare and shocking behind-the-scenes look at what can happen to Native children once they end up in the foster-care system, in this case in South Dakota.
Diabetes prevention on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation in South Dakota
Native teens and twenty-somethings are killing themselves at an alarming pace. For those 15 to 24, the rate is 3.5 times that of other Americans and rising.