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American Indian1 adolescents in Montana are caught in a school-toprison pipeline. They are plagued with low academic achievement, high dropout, suspension and expulsion rates, and disproportionate contact with the juvenile and criminal justice systems. While these are typical of the school-to-prison phenomenon as it also appears in poor minority communities across the country, the rates and the disproportion for American Indians in Montana are particularly acute.2 Even more disturbing, many American Indian students in Montana are also the victims of another heartbreaking trend related to the school-to-prison pipeline—alarming levels of adolescent suicides and self-harm. The tragic situation of these children on remote reservations in the Northeast corner of Montana has received far too little attention.

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