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APA Testifies Before Senate Indian Affairs Committee

Dolores Subia BigFoot recommends strategies for preventing suicide among Native American youth.

On September 10, 2009, APA member Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD, Director of the Indian Country Child Trauma Center and Project Making Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, testified on behalf of APA before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on the 7th Generation Promise: Indian Youth Suicide Prevention Act of 2009. Dr. BigFoot's statement highlighted critical needs, including:

  • committing federal resources to address the devastating problem of suicide among American Indian and Alaska Native youth;
  • increasing trauma services in rural and urban areas;
  • building the pipeline of culturally and linguistically competent psychologists in Indian Country; and
  • developing and supporting innovative resources to improve access to health care, including telehealth