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A Tribal Tragedy: Suicide Rates Soar Among Native Americans

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Fifteen years after Schuyler Webster took his own life at age 14, his mother still sees him everywhere. He’s in her front yard “Schuyler Tree,” planted by his Menominee Tribal School eighth-grade class. He’s in her grandson, also named Schuyler, now nearing 14 himself. By the time Schuyler ended his own life, his impulsive nature was getting him in trouble at school and home. Unknown to his mother, Evora “Tinker” Fish Webster, the young man had started “huffing” glue and talked to his friends about suicide.