12/12 11a: The Sunka Wakan Oyate (the Horse Nation) is the foundation for a youth program on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in South Dakota. The suicide rate there is nearly three times the national average. The Spirit Riders Youth Horseback Club nurtures youth to build close relationships with the Horse Nation, nature, culture and self.
Spirit Riders have a high school graduation rate of 85% and there have been no suicides. Can this model work for your tribal youth? Guests include Manaja Hill (Oneida/Mohawk) Advisor/Spirit Riders Youth Horseback Club..