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posted 02/02/2017
A series of seven suicides within California’s Yurok Tribe in 2015 prompted the tribe to declare a state of emergency. In reporting on the aftermath, reporter Ryan Burns found himself facing some big challenges.
posted 03/04/2016

The Yurok, California’s largest Native American tribe, recently submitted an emergency declaration to Gov. Jerry Brown and the federal government in response to a rash of suicides among the tribe’s young men. What's driving this trend, and what can be done?

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A series of seven suicides within California’s Yurok Tribe in 2015 prompted the tribe to declare... more »
posted 02/02/17
The Yurok, California’s largest Native American tribe, recently submitted an emergency... more »
posted 03/04/16

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Posted by Ryan Burns | Thursday, 2016-09-01, 15:50
As a journalist living and working in Humboldt County I have to point out that no, we do not have...

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“Who has seen a behavioral counselor?” Roughly half of the kids at the Yurok Tribe's youth wellness event stepped forward. “Who has suffered from depression or anxiety?” Three-quarters of the kids came forward.

This story was produced as a project for the California Health Journalism Fellowship, a program of the Center for Health Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.