SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The University of South Dakota and the nonprofit Sanford Research have been awarded a $1.5 million grant to address teen pregnancy rates among American Indians.

The Rapid City Journal reports that teen pregnancy rates among Native Americans are four times higher than those for the rest of the state’s population.

The grant from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities will be used to research the reasons why and develop a prevention program. Amy Elliot with Sanford Research says the program would be for reservation and urban Indians throughout the Northern Plains.

Helping with the project are the University of Minnesota, South Dakota Urban Indian Health and the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board.

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Comments (12)
  1. Ellen says:

    Just another money-wasting government grant for research etc.
    We all know teen pregnancy is caused by SEX! And birth control
    is readily available to anyone who seeks it out. Throwing money
    at the problem won’t fix it.

    I’m sure there are plenty of programs in place through the schools,
    churches, and other organizations. It’s the parents responsibility
    to see that their daughters take advantage of the information
    that’s out there. This applies to ALL races of people.

    1. tan pup says:

      The church lady replies: “SEX”! Oh, it’s a dirty word to Ellen – “sinners” Hey Ellen, you forgot to say it’s all because of “SAAAA..Tin” You really think birth control is available to anyone who wants it. Sure – it is. I would challenge you to go find it. Also, show me a program at a church that promotes birth control – outside of the rythum method. AND the schools are FORBIDDEN by people like you to even mention the word birth contro (in a whisper) “because it might encourage teens to have s – e – x)l. And since you are so sure of all these other organizations, perhaps you should volunteer at one of them. Maybe your shinny perfect christian outlook on how life should be can influence those “others” who are not “like you”.

  2. Citizen says:

    @Ellen. I’ve read your posts. You are naive. People can’t teach their children what they don’t know. Period. If they don’t know (or care) about birth control they can’t teach it. If the parents don’t know about the programs or help available, they can’t teach it. And what a sexist you are. The daughters get pregnant all by themselves? Isn’t there a young man involved somewhere? Is he not supposed to get “informed” as well? And statistics point to the fact that many, many teenage girls get pregnant by “older” men in their 20’s. Interesting.

    1. JMJ says:


      Ellen is not sexist or naive. She is totally right on, it is a womans repsonsability to take care of herself. And this is the year 2011, people do know about birth control, where to get it and how to prevent it. What we need is to bring morals back into our society.And just a little bit of common sense wouldn’t hurt.

      1. Citizen says:

        @JMJ. So, if people really do know about birth control (let’s just play devil’s advocate here) and all the rest of it, then the pregnancies must be DELIBERATE, right? Not a product of no information. So, we get back to the crux of the story–if the pregnancies are deliberate (your premise), then why are they happening? Maybe, just maybe, the girls might want the children? And in no way do any of us having responsibility for our bodies, negate the man’s involvement in the pregnancy or his responsibility to the woman he impregnates. You and Ellen are living in the 19th Century!

  3. Pete838 says:

    “National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities”? Why does such an agency even exist? This sounds like something the tribe should address IF THEY WANT TO. Instead we have yet another busy-body agency inserting itself in people’s private affairs in order to justify the bureaucracy.

  4. wampum says:

    You have to start early when your life expectancy is only 42 (nationally). If you want to save this group you have to change their lifestyle not their breeding habits. They have enough power to be dangerous to themselves.

  5. jackactionhero says:

    Why aren’t the reservations paying to fund this research and initiative?

    1. Pete838 says:

      Because the tribal leaders know what causes pregnancy and how to prevent it, and likely don’t find it a good use of their funds. Leave it to the federal government, though, to have a solution in search of a problem.

  6. Ellen says:

    An update from Ellen! I never said sex is a sin…it’s a part of life! And pregnancy
    happens from participating in unprotected sexual activity. Another solution to this
    problem is ABORTION…which should really get everyone undies in a bundle!
    Have a nice day!

    1. Pete838 says:

      The biggest problem is that the government is searching for monsters to slay. Women have been having babies since the dawn of humanity, and I’m sure in days past it was not uncommon for teenage girls of childbearing age to be pregnant as a matter of course.
      Why, now, does the US government feel it has a duty to interfere with a girl from an Indian tribe having a child? Has the tribe asked for help? I’ll venture a guess that they haven’t, but the busy-body government has an agency with a budget to defend; a solution in search of a problem.

  7. Petite xxs says:

    The teenage years may be fun, excitingand distressing. Especially when pimple smears skin, robbing self-confidence.nn models

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