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Life on Red Lake Reservation frustrating for youth


The Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota is one of the most difficult places to grow up, according to the online magazine Salon.

Teens have little to do on the reservation. Jobs are scarce. Most don't end up graduating from high school. Some turn to gangs, alcohol, violence and suicide.

Jeff Weise, 16, was considered a problem child. He attempted suicide at least once and was put on antidepressants. He told counselors that other students teased him and that teachers ignored him.

But people say he wasn't violent, although he was suspected of making a bomb threat against his school. He later shot and killed seven other people at the school, in addition to two others on the reservation, before turning the gun on himself.

Another teen, Louis Jourdain, the 16-year-old son of Red Lake Nation Chairman Floyd Jourdain, has been charged in connection with the March 21, 2005, incident. Other teens may have been involved or known about the attack, people on the reservation speculate.

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Relevant Links:
Red Lake Net News - http://www.rlnn.com
Red Lake Nation - http://www.redlakenation.org
Red Lake High School - http://www.paulbunyan.net/rlschools/hs.htm

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