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Sequestration hits Indian Country's mental health services




Behavioral Health Counselor Ty Etsitty teaches teens to connect with their culture to feel less isolated.
Behavioral Health Counselor Ty Etsitty teaches teens to connect with their culture to feel less isolated.
Laurel Morales/Fronteras Desk

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Sequestration cuts are starting to be felt all around the country and Indian reservations are being hit particularly hard. Centuries old treaties tie them to federal funds for things like health care, education and housing, but time and time again those funds are cut.

Mental health services are most vulnerable, and suicide rates in Indian country are nearly four times the national average.

From the Fronteras Desk, Laurel Morales reports.