Raymond Grey Bear

Raymond Grey Bear

2012
Bush Fellowship
Term
24 months
Ft. Yates, ND—Every three to five years the Standing Rock Sioux experience suicide clusters—at times in excess of 49 attempts in a 30-day period—with 16 completions over the last two decades. This is the highest rate in the nation. I hope to get "people moving together in a good way" concerning the issue of grieving the loss of a loved one. I will work to foster and resurrect a Dakota cultural practice called nagiwichopi (“to call back the spirit”) to develop a stronger indigenous perspective on grieving. 
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