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In light of the fifth annual Native Nutrition Conference convening this week in Prior Lake, Minnesota, Native News Online spoke with Michael Yellow Bird, the dean and the professor of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. Yellow Bird is a citizen of the three affiliated tribes, the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara in North Dakota.

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Alison "Ali" Hard is Senior Policy Advisor of Strategic Initiatives, USDA Food and Nutrition Service. She is speaking at this year’s Native Nutrition Conference. Native News Online spoke with her last week about the USDA and the Biden administration’s agenda for Indian Country. 

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This week, the Native American Nutrition Conference convenes in Prior Lake, Minnesota. Last week, Native News Online spoke with conference planning committee organizer Denisa Livingston, M.P.H (Diné). 

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StrongHearts Native Helpline has published individual reports about intimate partner violence (IPV) impacting Native Americans and Alaska Natives in all 50 states. Data from the reports was used to form a national picture of IPV among Native peoples in the United States, which is included in StrongHearts’ 2021 Year-End Report, “Sharing Our Stories.”

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Later this month, the Seeds of Native Health conference will convene in Prior Lake, Minnesota. The conference, a partnership between the University of Minnesota and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux community, brings together traditional knowledge leaders of Indian Country with leading contemporary scholarship on Native health issues, and presents both in a way that supports and enhances Tribal health sovereignty. 

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Dementia affects millions of lives across the United States, and Natives are especially at risk for it given their social context. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, as many as 1 in 3 Native American elders will develop Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. Experts say there are a litany of factors that affect how and where Natives receive care for dementia, and medical professionals must be cognizant of them. 

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Chef Maria Parra Cano had just given birth to her third daughter. During a sacred time where parents connect with their newborn children, Parra Cano would be bedridden, at-risk of having a seizure, stroke, organ damage and even death. Parra Cano was diagnosed with postpartum preeclampsia, a serious disease that is related to high blood pressure. 

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A bone marrow transplant is a life-saving procedure for people with blood illnesses or cancers, but it’s harder for Alaska Native and mixed-race people to find matches because they’re underrepresented in the donor database. Advocates are hosting a drive next week to connect an Anchorage 6-year-old with a matching donor.

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Vice President Kamala Harris will deliver pre-recorded remarks at the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) Tribal Public Health Summit on Wednesday, May 11, where she will speak to the ongoing desperate outcomes of Native women and their maternal health journey and what she and Administration are doing to address it.

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In the Fargo-Moorhead metro area, a community of about 250,000 people spanning North Dakota and Minnesota, there is only one Native American mental healthcare provider. Her name is Whitney Fear.