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Suicide Prevention Program highlighted in “Buffalo Nation” film needs your help

Filmmaker and social worker Leslye Abbey (left), Eileen Janis (back) and Yvonne "Tiny" DeCory at NASW 2016 National Conference Film Festival.

Filmmaker and social worker Leslye Abbey (left), Eileen Janis (back) and Yvonne “Tiny” DeCory at NASW 2016 National Conference Film Festival.

The documentary “Buffalo Nation: The Children Are Crying” by social worker/filmmaker Leslye Abbey examines an epidemic of poverty, alcoholism and suicide un the Lakota Sioux Nation in South Dakota.

The film was shown at the NASW 2016 National Conference Film Festival on June 23. It had a profound impact on the audience, many of whom said the wider American public and policymakers need to become more aware of social problems plaguing often isolated Native American lands.

“‘Buffalo Nation: The Children Are Crying’ was incredible,” Megan Knauss, LCSW said.

“This needs to spread like wildfire,” said Kate Jones, MSW,  who posted a trailer of the film on the NASW 2016 National Conference app.

Yvonne “Tiny” DeCory and Eileen Janis, two suicide prevention counselors on the Lakota Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation, said the public can get involved.

They are asking for monetary and other donations for the BEAR suicide prevention program.

For more information on on how to help the program contact DeCory or Janis at 605.454.0518 or 605.407.1351. Donations can be sent to:
 
BEAR Program
P.O. Box 415
Pine Ridge, SD 57770

 

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