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Puyallup Tribe to run first cancer care center in Indian Country

The Salish Integrative Oncology Care Center will be located at the Trans-Pacific Trade Center in Fife, Washington. Photo from Puyallup Tribe

The Puyallup Tribe of Washington will be opening the first cancer care center in Indian Country.

The tribe acquired the Seattle Cancer Treatment & Wellness Center and will move operations to a site on the reservation. The Salish Integrative Oncology Care Center will open this spring at the Trans-Pacific Trade Center, a tribally-owned building.

"It is with full honor and dignity of our tribal council, tribal members, reservation, and ancestors, that I announce the opening of Salish Integrative Oncology Care Center. As the first tribal-owned cancer care center in Indian Country and the United States, SIOCC will be a new, state-of-the-art cancer care Clinic in Fife, Washington, the heart of the Puyallup Indian Reservation," Chairman Bill Sterud said in a press release.

The 8,200 square-foot center will offer treatment to all patients. Traditional methods will be incorporated with modern forms of medicine.

"As the indigenous keepers of the Puyallup Tribe Indian Reservation, we have a strong ancestral bond with nature and creation. We believe that natural healing through traditional roots, berries, herbs and traditional healing can blend with modern oncology practices," Sterud said.

Cancer is the leading cause of death for American Indians and Alaska Natives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Get the Story:
Puyallup Tribe announces first Tribal-owned cancer center in the nation (State of Reform 3/19)
Puyallup tribe buys Seattle-area cancer clinic; will move operation to Fife (The Tacoma News Tribune 3/12)

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