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Health in Indian Country
Bakken cough: An oil field workers dilemma
New oil-and-gas pipeline protection measures could help people like Lisa Deville and her family, who suffer from fracking industry pollution on their tribal homelands.
New Cherokee Health Center will transform health care for generations
The largest tribal outpatient health facility is now open in the capital of the Cherokee Nation.
Arizona saw children’s obesity drop after WIC required healthier foods
Child obesity rates declined after the federal Women, Infants, and Children program increased access to healthier food products.
‘Broken promises’ report details government’s history of failing tribes
Tribal leaders went before Congress to demand the government address longstanding problems in Indian Country – and not for the first time.
CDC museum features Indian Country exhibits
The health and wellness of American Indians and Alaska Natives – both in rural and urban settings – is a complex challenge with multiple solutions.
Rep. Tom Cole: Making Alzheimer’s a priority on Capitol Hill
Like many others across the nation, my family knows all too well the heartbreaking decline that takes place in those suffering with Alzheimer’s.
Rosebud veteran changing the lives of youth
Following his retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps, Dion Reynolds brought his military experience back to Rosebud to change the lives of reservation youth.
YES! Magazine: Indigenous communities exercise food sovereignty
Thanks to a union of land cooperatives, people in Puebla have food sovereignty and education in Nahuatl instead of mega-projects and a Walmart.
An Inuit approach to cancer care promotes self-determination and reconciliation
In Canada, Inuit and academic health care researchers have teamed up to combat poor cultural awareness in mainstream health care services.
Grant allows Native American nonprofit to expand medical services in Phoenix
More medical services will be available to Native Americans in Phoenix, Arizona, thanks to a $200,000 federal grant awarded to Native American Connections.
'The spirits are talking': Leaders speak of hope and healing in reservation border town
The wind speaks in this place. Sometimes it’s loud and abrasive and seeks to humble those who have failed to listen to the truths it has breathed upon them.
Prediabetes screenings may lower rate of diabetes among Native Americans
Hispanics, Native Americans and African Americans are most at risk for diabetes, with racial and ethnic minorities reporting the highest rates of the debilitating disease.
IHS history makes doctors like Weber inevitable
It took more than 25 years before the hammer of justice came down on pedophile pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber. His crimes were over a century in the making at the Indian Health Service.
VIDEO: Celebrating fitness and healthy lifestyles #NCAIAnnual19
Tribal leaders and youth showed their commitment to wellness as the National Congress of American Indians continued its 76th annual convention.
Breaking the silence: Native Americans overcome taboos in battle against suicide
American Indians and Alaska Natives die of suicide at a rate higher than any other racial and ethnic group.
Addressing food insecurity in northeast Oklahoma
Many people within Cherokee Nation rely on local food banks when times are tough.
UW News: Law school events focus on uranium and treaties
The University of Wyoming College of Law is hosting two public events focusing on water contamination on one reservation and and a treaty rights case recently decided by the Supreme Court.
Presidential candidates continue outreach in Indian Country
With a growing number of communities celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day, another Democratic presidential candidate announced plans to improve the government's relationship with the first Americans.
Rep. Tom Cole: Addressing the high cost of prescription drugs
Especially for those Americans who rely on regular prescriptions, the high cost of purchasing their vital medicine is an all too familiar burden.
IHS doctor found guilty
A federal jury convicted former Indian Health Service pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber of all 11 criminal counts for sexually abusing four boys on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
YES! Magazine: Indigenous women find a safe space in T’ja Xuj
After traveling thousands of miles fleeing violence and discrimination, LGBTQ women -- many of them Indigenous -- find safety and support at T’ja Xuj.
‘A safe place’ at Pine Ridge
Nagi Nunpa Hocaka, the Two Spirit Circle, is working to reduce the high rate of suicide and substance abuse on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Tribal health insurance coverage rose, but still trailed U.S. average
The number of Indian Health Service patients with insurance rose from 64 percent in 2013 to 78 percent in 2018, according to a new report.
Two-Spirit woman: Overcoming trauma
When Carla Douglas was born, her mother wanted a daughter so badly she named the young child Carla Georgina and began dressing her in girl's clothing.
Navajo Nation welcomes key lawmaker to reservation for uranium mining forum
Leaders of the Navajo Nation are eager to show how uranium mining continues to affect their people as they host a key member of Congress.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Putting an end to the opioid epidemic
On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.
Trump administration goes on the record for Indian Country funding
Does the Trump administration support funding the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service ahead of time?
Native American communities, hard hit by the opioid crisis, seek innovative solutions
Native American advocates are seeking more funding and new ways to tackle the opioid crisis in Indian Country as overdose death rates continue to rise.
Tim Giago: A matter of life and death at Indian Health Service hospital
What is happening at the Sioux San Hospital in South Dakota is no longer a laughing matter.
Indian Programs Advanced Appropriations Act up for first hearing on Capitol Hill
A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to fund the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education and the Indian Health Service ahead of time.
Winnebago Tribe celebrates opening of farmers market on reservation
A new farmers market represents another step toward food sovereignty for the Winnebago Tribe.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians
The Special Diabetes Program for Indians has proven to be effective and we need to further invest in the program to continue to build on its success.
Pete Buttigieg touts health care plans as benefit for Indian Country
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg didn't attend a historic Native forum like several others but he's still reaching out to Native voters.
Presidential candidates tackle tough issues at historic Native forum
From freeing Indian activist Leonard Peltier to improving Indian health care, the 2020 candidates for president didn't run from the difficult issues at the historic Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum.
Arne Vainio: These things are trying to tell you something.
Tobacco is central to all of our ceremonies. We offer it to the spirits when we say our prayers and I put it on clean ground for them every morning so they can help us live in a good way.
Cronkite News: Deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide are growing
Deaths of despair – the catchall name for deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide – have seen 'alarming' increases across the country since 2005.
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