04/02/2015 02:27 pm ET Updated Apr 02, 2015

Racism At Core Of Native Teen Suicides In Pine Ridge

The Washington Post via Getty Images

At least 11 children between the ages of 12 and 17 have committed suicide in my county since December. The heartbreaking details vary from child to child, but their families and this community—in the newly renamed Oglala Lakota County—feel the voids left by their absences just as deeply each and every time.

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