For Native Americans, Mental Health Budget Cuts Hit Hard

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"Because of the reduction, the Oglala Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge, S.D., will not be able to hire two additional mental health service providers, says Cathy Abramson, chairwoman of the National Indian Health Board. And that could have devastating effects.  'Since the beginning of the year, there have been 100 suicide attempts in 110 days on Pine Ridge,' Abramson said at a Senate committee hearing in Washington last spring. 'We can't take any more cuts. We just can't'"

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