Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board

Suicide Prevention Grant To Incorporate Native Culture

Aug 19, 2019
SD Department of Health

A suicide prevention grant is targeting Native Communities in the Black Hills. The Garrett Lee Smith grant awards more than three million dollars over five years. Recipients plan to work against suicides in Native youth by training local police departments, schools and healthcare facilities. 


The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board is focusing prevention tactics for Native youth between ten and 24 years old. Charles Sitting Bull is the Director of Behavioral Health. He says as a population, Native youth are at high risk for suicide. 

Victoria Wicks

Members of federally recognized tribes aren’t bound by some of the same restrictions as non-Native people when it comes to signing up for Affordable Care. SDPB’s Victoria Wicks checks in with Tinka Duran, navigator with the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board, at a weekend informational meeting in Rapid City.
For more information about Affordable Care in South Dakota, go online to the federal website to find a navigator near you.