Listen to Native America Calling on KBFT, rebroadcasted at 12:00pm. Visit for more information on previous and future shows!

Monday, April 15, 2024 – Protecting young people from the down sides of social media

Citing a troubling disparity for Native youth suicides, two tribes are suing the country’s most prominent social media companies. The lawsuit by the Spirit Lake Dakota Tribe and the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin alleges the addictive pull of the platforms is driving a mental health crisis for young people – and Native youth are particularly vulnerable. They join a long list of states and other entities taking on social media corporations saying they are degrading the country’s mental health. We’ll discuss how to recognize when social media is becoming a problem and some ideas for a healthier approach.


Marisa Duarte (Pascua Yaqui Tribe), assistant professor of Justice and Sociotechnical Change in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University

Tim Purdon, partner at Robins Kaplan LLP

Andrea Wiglesworth (enrolled member of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation [Deer Clan] and Shawnee Tribe), doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Minnesota

Alec Calac (Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians), PhD candidate in Public Health at the University of California-San Diego