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State health leaders and members of Minnesota’s tribal communities gathered on the steps of the Minnesota Capitol last Wednesday to celebrate the opening of a new Office of American Indian Health within the Minnesota Department of Health. 

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The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI) announce the grand opening celebration of the new Three Rivers Health Center at 150 S. Wall Street in Coos Bay, Oregon. This state-of-the-art facility will officially open its doors on Saturday, June 1, 2024, with a grand opening event from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The new facility includes a health clinic and pharmarcy.

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On a winding highway outside of Missoula, towering images of Native American women with red handprints on their faces stand out against the vast Montana landscape. Alongside them, text sends a powerful message against the endless sky: ”Will you look for me if I go missing?” “We are still here.” “We will no longer stay silent.”

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Anishinaabe women are sacred, honored and revered because they bring new Anishinaabe babies to our tribes, and for their vital role in raising children. The earth’s energy powers the cycles of life, including the cycles of Anishinaabe women, the Anishinaabekwewag.

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One in six people in the U.S. fall ill from foodborne illness every year. Roughly 3,000 Americans die from foodborne illness annually. In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law to combat this problem through preventative measures.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States, and the Chickasaw Nation takes mental health seriously. Since its establishment by Mental Health America in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has acted as a foundation for raising awareness and reducing stigmas about mental health conditions and how they affect people within America. The Chickasaw Nation provides numerous services to improve mental well-being.  

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More than 1,250 tribal leaders, tribal health workers, and advocates descended on Rapid City, South Dakota, yesterday to kick off the 42nd Annual National Indian Health Board Conference. 

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A recent study has found that 54% of older American Indians have cognitive impairment, and 10% have dementia. These numbers are much higher than those seen in the general American population, highlighting a significant health issue. 

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Chickasaw Nation Medical Center (CNMC) recently received the Environmental Excellence Award from Stryker’s Sustainability Solutions. This designation is reserved for select hospitals that demonstrate outstanding leadership in health care sustainability and overall hospital quality through single-use device (SUD) reprocessing.

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Two members of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the vice chair of the Committee, and Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN), introduced the Enhancing Native Elders’ Longevity, Dignity, Empowerment, and Respect (Native ELDER) Act that would improve federal programs and services focused on healthy aging and independence for Alaska Native, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian elders.