Deaths of Despair and Indigenous Data genocide

"Native American communities have had substantially higher midlife mortality, and mortality from deaths of despair, across all years of available data. These inequities have worsened considerably over time. Nevertheless, the narrative of overdose, suicide, and alcoholic liver disease as White American problems— tied to economic disinvestment from working class White areas and related loss of social status—has reached widespread prominence as an explanatory framework in academic and popular press literature. Yet this core idea of the uniqueness of White people being at greater risk to these causes of death, was only made possible by the erasure of data describing Native American mortality (p.1)."