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Report shows dramatic increase in suicide rates in Indian Country Report shows dramatic increase in suicide rates in Indian Country (04/22)
Suicide rates among American Indian women grew by 89 percent between 1999 and 2014, representing largest rate increase among all racial and ethnic groups in the United States.
Lakota Country Times: Cough suppressant abuse rises at Pine Ridge Lakota Country Times: Cough suppressant abuse rises at Pine Ridge (04/21)
The Pine Ridge Reservation has seen the popularity of a household item sky-rocket as many youth are turning to cough suppressants as a cheap and easily accessible intoxicant.
Native Sun News: Tribes urged to support update to 1872 mining law Native Sun News: Tribes urged to support update to 1872 mining law (04/21)
S.2254 establishes the Hardrock Minerals Reclamation Fund for restoration of land and water resources in abandoned hardrock mine states and on Indian land.
Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty Act protects federal funds for tribes Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty Act protects federal funds for tribes (04/20)
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) wants to make sure tribes aren't punished for developing their own cannabis laws and policies.
Indian Health Service seeks new contracts for emergency rooms Indian Health Service seeks new contracts for emergency rooms (04/20)
The agency solicited bids for three emergency rooms in the troubled Great Plains region.
Lakota Country Times: Autism awareness on Rosebud Reservation Lakota Country Times: Autism awareness on Rosebud Reservation (04/20)
William Kindle, President of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, issued an Executive Proclamation designating April as Autism Awareness Month on the Rosebud Reservation.
Laurie Monnes Anderson: Oregon tribes take lead on dental care Laurie Monnes Anderson: Oregon tribes take lead on dental care (04/19)
American Indians face alarming oral health disparities, with rates of decay in children triple that of any population in the United States.
Ruth Hopkins: Native women still undergoing forced sterilization Ruth Hopkins: Native women still undergoing forced sterilization (04/19)
We are still here, fighting. We are still being killed. They are still defiling us.
Lakota Country Times: Oglala leader demands closure of IHS office Lakota Country Times: Oglala leader demands closure of IHS office (04/18)
Oglala Sioux Tribal President John Steele has called for the closure of the Indian Health Service's Aberdeen Area office as he has introduced massive recommendations for reform of healthcare on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Soboba Band leader Rose Salgado survives cancer three times Soboba Band leader Rose Salgado survives cancer three times (04/15)
The tribe's sergeant at arms and former vice chairwoman has defeated two bouts of breast cancer and recently had a cancerous tumor removed.
President of Oglala Sioux Tribe welcomes scrutiny of IHS hospital President of Oglala Sioux Tribe welcomes scrutiny of IHS hospital (04/12)
The facility on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota has been suffering from problems for more than five years.
Indian Health Service sued for patient death in Great Plains Area Indian Health Service sued for patient death in Great Plains Area (04/11)
Shiree Wilson, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, was only 24 years old when she died a week after giving birth at an Indian Health Service facility in North Dakota.
Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service creates crisis in Great Plains Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service creates crisis in Great Plains (04/11)
There is absolutely no excuse for hospitals not to reach basic benchmarks for providing proper health care.
Indian Health Service failing to make progress in troubled region Indian Health Service failing to make progress in troubled region (04/11)
Yet another facility in the Great Plains Area stands to lose certification due to numerous deficiencies.
Lakota Country Times: Oglala student researches 'elk medicine' Lakota Country Times: Oglala student researches 'elk medicine' (04/11)
For Lakota people the plant referred to as 'Elk Medicine' was used traditionally in a multitude of ways including as a treatment for wounds, a source of naturally occurring antibiotics, and as a flavor for cooking.
Indian Health Service to discuss Two Spirit issues in teleconference Indian Health Service to discuss Two Spirit issues in teleconference (04/08)
The May 5 call is part of the agency's attempt to advance and promote the health needs of an often overlooked segment of the population.
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wins expansion of health service area Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe wins expansion of health service area (04/08)
Tribal members who live in a handful of counties on the mainland in Massachusetts will now be able to secure care without traveling long distances.
New leader of Indian Health Service promises fixes in Great Plains New leader of Indian Health Service promises fixes in Great Plains (04/07)
Acting director Mary Smith heard complaints from tribal leaders and tribal members during a visit to South Dakota.
Award-winning singer Joanne Shenandoah awaits liver transplant Award-winning singer Joanne Shenandoah awaits liver transplant (04/07)
Joanne Shenandoah has been approved for the transplant and is awaiting surgery at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Florida.
Indian Health Service employee took documents with patient data Indian Health Service employee took documents with patient data (04/07)
The agency waited six months to disclose the data breach at the Northern Navajo Medical Center on the Navajo Nation.
Indian Health Service recommended hospital executive for DC job Indian Health Service recommended hospital executive for DC job (04/07)
Leaders of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe said the executive did little to address long-standing problems but that didn't stop the IHS from endorsing him for a new position.
Lakota Country Times: South Dakota continues Medicaid debate Lakota Country Times: South Dakota continues Medicaid debate (03/29)
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) seems to have heavily weighed the merits of Medicaid expansion prior to announcing that he would not pursue it during this legislative session.
Gyasi Ross: Indian Country continues our struggle with diabetes Gyasi Ross: Indian Country continues our struggle with diabetes (03/29)
I don’t have any quick solutions; I do know that the answers are within our communities and us.
Carly McIntosh: The August 2008 day that changed my entire life Carly McIntosh: The August 2008 day that changed my entire life (03/25)
Many people placed on Turtle Island have a hard time speaking out that they are one living with depression.
Gila River Indian Community sues over health care for veterans Gila River Indian Community sues over health care for veterans (03/24)
A provision in the Affordable Care Act requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to reimburse tribes for care provided to veterans who are eligible for services at a VA facility.
New leader of Indian Health Service plans big trip to Great Plains New leader of Indian Health Service plans big trip to Great Plains (03/23)
Mary Smith, who was named acting director of the agency earlier this month, wants to hear from 'all of the tribes' in a region that has been under intense scrutiny in Indian Country and in Congress.
Eastern Cherokees takes aim at substance abuse and treatment Eastern Cherokees takes aim at substance abuse and treatment (03/23)
The tribe has allocated $16 million for prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and other facilities on the North Carolina reservation.
North American Inter-Tribal Drug Task Force meets in South Dakota North American Inter-Tribal Drug Task Force meets in South Dakota (03/23)
Tribal leaders and federal officials will discuss substance abuse and methamphetamine issues in Indian Country.
Mary Annette Pember: Federal funds denied to trafficking victims Mary Annette Pember: Federal funds denied to trafficking victims (03/23)
In 2013 alone, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops received over $73 million in federal funding and contracts.
 First Nation in Manitoba declares emergency over youth suicide First Nation in Manitoba declares emergency over youth suicide (03/22)
The Cross Lake First Nation in Manitoba lacks adequate health care services to address the ongoing crisis.
Aaron Payment: Affordable Care Act boosts Indian Country health Aaron Payment: Affordable Care Act boosts Indian Country health (03/21)
American Indians and Alaskan Natives, long recognized as having the highest poverty rates of any ethnic group, have better access to medical care more than ever before. We can thank the Affordable Care Act.
House subcommittee takes testimony on Indian Country budget House subcommittee takes testimony on Indian Country budget (03/21)
Officials from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians and the Indian Health Service will discuss their priorities amid concerns from some lawmakers that the budget invests in programs that may not be seeing results.
Rosebud Sioux Tribe left 'high and dry' by IHS hospital executive Rosebud Sioux Tribe left 'high and dry' by IHS hospital executive (03/21)
A month after the chief executive of the Rosebud Hospital in South Dakota hospital left, the emergency room was shut down and the facility itself is in danger of losing a key certification.
Mary Annette Pember: Bad River Band citizens battle drug abuse Mary Annette Pember: Bad River Band citizens battle drug abuse (03/18)
After seeing the high rates of heroin use and overdose, and a dramatic increase in rates of HIV and Hepatitis C, Bad River members formed Gwayakobimaadiziwin or 'making changes to make things right in your life.'
Mark Trahant: Bernie Sanders elevates Indian issues in 2016 race Mark Trahant: Bernie Sanders elevates Indian issues in 2016 race (03/18)
It's the policy goals — yes, even full funding for Indian health — that we need to keep working to make so.

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