Alcohol Alaska has one of the highest rate in thenation of Native deathsdue to Alcohol related accidents.
Number of deaths areincreasing:Males are leaders who set examples for theirchildren and women often drink when they arepregnant. [One] summer they bought a whole bunch of alcohol& and the men stayed drunk. Spring is our time of gathering for the winter like hunting and ﬁshing, but he t men stayed drunk and we didn’ t stock food for the winter& Eight out of ten villages were wiped out.
Suicide76 out of 100,000commit suicides in Alaska.Compared to thenational average of 9.9 out of 100,000 young adults.
Suicide Rate Map Suicide Deaths Rates and Numbers by Region of Residence, 2000 - 2009 48.0 (34) 68.3 (64) Age-Adjusted Rates 72.0 (54) HA2010 Target (11.0) 19.5 (188) 11.1 to 20.0 20.1 to 30.0 17.7 56.6 (689) 25.2 30.1+ (134) (26) 17.0 (120) 28.4* (19) 27.5* (12) 15.8 (21)*Rates based on fewer than 20 occurrences are statistically unreliable and should be used with caution.Source: Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics. Last updated on 09/30/2010.
Eyak LanguageThe Eyak Language is a 3000 year old South-central Native Alaskan language based from the Eyak tribe that settled near the mouth of Copper River.
Marie Smith Jones, chiefof the Eyak clan and thelast surviving speaker of the language, died in January 2008. Language is closely associated with: traditions history culture
Alaska Native Heritage Center Traditional Native Art Alaska Native Education Dance Classes Culture Workshops
Breaking the SilenceEducating the youth about: Suicide Importance of Culture Future Alaska Natives held a listening session about suicides among theAlaska Native community
Native Culture Education Secure the preservation of languages Develop an awarenessEyak Language Project Growing Project on Facebook to help revive the Eyak language as well as their culture and history.