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A Place Where Children Die

Number 21049
Subject Children
Source Oregonian (Portland, Ore.)
State OR
Year 2004
Publication Date Dec 7-11
Summary The investigation found that children on the Warm Springs Reservation in central Oregon die at a rate more than three times that for Oregon and nearly twice for Native Americans nationwide. Many of the deaths of 58 children since 1990 occurred because tribal leaders have not pursued basic steps proven to reduce mortality rates on reservations. Some causes for the deaths are due to a lack of seatbelt laws, scaling back of sobriety checkpoints, and failures in the child welfare system.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 89
Keywords Warm Springs Reservation;Oregon reservation;Native American;child mortality;traffic accidents;child welfare system;alcohol;tribal leaders;child safety;sobriety checkpoints;seat-belt law;Warm Springs Early Childhood Education programs;Indian communities;Indian Health Service;tribal Children's Protective Services;Warm Springs Fire and Safety;Boys and Girls Club;Warm Springs Elementary;The Rainbow Market;Oregon Liquor Control Commission;substance abuse programs;tribal budget;Portland's Rose Garden sports arena
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