It's not hard to believe that historical trauma still colors the lives of American Indian people. Statistics help prove the point. For American Indian males alone, the risk factors for substance abuse, violence, depression and suicide are three to six times higher than all other races in the United States. The trauma comes from the forced colonization of a whole race of people in the early days of the country — people robbed of their land and their identity, children separated from families and sent to boarding schools, and crushing poverty that survives until today.
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