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Doug George-Kanentiio: Our Mohawk way of life was destroyed
Doug George-Kanentiio: Our Mohawk way of life was destroyed (September 13, 2018)

The Mohawk people thrived until the need for cheap power led to the destruction of our homelands.


Chelsey Luger: Colonization destroyed Native food systems
Chelsey Luger: Colonization destroyed Native food systems (August 27, 2018)

A new book digs into the paradoxes of American Indian diets most people don’t know.


Ernestine Chasing Hawk: Imagine a world where being fat is illegal
Ernestine Chasing Hawk: Imagine a world where being fat is illegal (July 20, 2018)

Let’s pretend that we live in a world where it’s against the law to be fat, obese or overweight.


Civil Eats: City in Arizona recognized for preserving its Native food heritage
Civil Eats: City in Arizona recognized for preserving its Native food heritage (April 9, 2018)

The prevalence of food-related disease among indigenous people is glaring—and drives many of the food justice efforts in Tucson, Arizona.


Tim Giago: Native Americans are dying from diabetes every year
Tim Giago: Native Americans are dying from diabetes every year (March 12, 2018)

Over the years I have written about the epidemic that is the scourge of Indian Country: Diabetes


Indian diabetes program included in bill to keep government running
Indian diabetes program included in bill to keep government running (February 7, 2018)

The Special Diabetes Program for Indians is poised to see another day thanks to new developments on Capitol Hill.


Sen. Udall pushes for extension of key Indian diabetes program
Sen. Udall pushes for extension of key Indian diabetes program (February 5, 2018)

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) is pushing Congress to extend the Special Diabetes Program for Indians before the funds run out next month.


Funding for Indian diabetes program in limbo as shutdown looms in Washington
Funding for Indian diabetes program in limbo as shutdown looms in Washington (February 2, 2018)

Tribal advocates continue to lobby Congress in hopes of securing long-term funding for a key diabetes program.


Shutdown ends but the battle for Indian health care funding continues
Shutdown ends but the battle for Indian health care funding continues (January 23, 2018)

The recent federal government shutdown exposed shortcomings within the Indian health care system, including the vulnerability of tribal health care programs.


Congress approves yet another short-term extension for Indian diabetes program
Congress approves yet another short-term extension for Indian diabetes program (October 9, 2017)

Congress has renewed the Special Diabetes Program for Indians but only for three months, the shortest extension on record.


Mark Trahant: Indian Country sees incremental progress on obesity among youth
Mark Trahant: Indian Country sees incremental progress on obesity among youth (August 7, 2017)

A new study, one that is built on a massive amount of data, reports that obesity among Native American youth is staying mostly the same.


Indian Country suffers from highest diabetes rate as key program hangs in limbo
Indian Country suffers from highest diabetes rate as key program hangs in limbo (July 21, 2017)

A new report confirms that American Indians and Alaska Natives are disproportionately impacted by diabetes but Congress has been slow to renew a program helps fight the disease.


Lawmakers push to renew Special Diabetes Program for Indians
Lawmakers push to renew Special Diabetes Program for Indians (May 18, 2017)

The program has bipartisan support and has demonstrated success but it's due to expire before the end of the year unless Congress takes action.


Chris Buchanan: Indian Health Service sees progress on diabetes
Chris Buchanan: Indian Health Service sees progress on diabetes (March 31, 2017)

Diabetes is an important topic for Indian Country, for our families and communities, and for the Indian Health Service.


Cronkite News: Tribes pushing for renewal of key diabetes funding
Cronkite News: Tribes pushing for renewal of key diabetes funding (March 30, 2017)

Alton Villegas, a citizen of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, offered an unusual call to action for an 11-year-old boy.


Witness list for hearing on diabetes prevention among Native youth
Witness list for hearing on diabetes prevention among Native youth (March 27, 2017)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing takes place in Washington, D.C., on March 29.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on diabetes
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on diabetes (March 21, 2017)

The hearing comes as tribes lobby Congress to reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians.


Vena A-dae Romero: Reclaiming our tribal communities from obesity and diabetes
Vena A-dae Romero: Reclaiming our tribal communities from obesity and diabetes (February 16, 2017)

From obesity to poverty, we change the words, we can change our communities.


Tom Cole: Native Americans are a part of our nation's proud heritage
Tom Cole: Native Americans are a part of our nation's proud heritage (November 14, 2016)

The life and culture of our nation’s Native American tribes are written in nearly every chapter of America’s story.


Arne Vainio: A father wishes for 'more time' after burying his son
Arne Vainio: A father wishes for 'more time' after burying his son (September 19, 2016)

I saw his obituary in a Sunday paper that was almost a year old.


Brandon Ecoffey: Oglala Sioux Tribe must start fitness revolution
Brandon Ecoffey: Oglala Sioux Tribe must start fitness revolution (July 28, 2016)

Across the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation thousands of people have become aware of the benefits of living a more healthy and fit lifestyle


Reno-Sparks Indian Colony raises awareness of health issues with hoop house
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony raises awareness of health issues with hoop house (July 12, 2016)

The Nevada tribe is hoping to educate its youth about the importance of cultivating their own food.


Delphine Red Shirt: Returning to a more traditional Lakota diet
Delphine Red Shirt: Returning to a more traditional Lakota diet (June 20, 2016)

As humans we can adapt to any kind of diet, and we have, as Lakota people, but what if we go back to our native diet?


St. Regis Mohawk Tribe learns about diabetes treatments in Cuba
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe learns about diabetes treatments in Cuba (May 19, 2016)

The Heberprot-P drug has been used successfully in the Caribbean nation but it's still undergoing medical trials in the United States.


Brandon Ecoffey: Oglala Sioux Tribe should impose a 'wellness tax'
Brandon Ecoffey: Oglala Sioux Tribe should impose a 'wellness tax' (May 10, 2016)

For all the negativity that exists in Indian Country there are always positive movements taking shape in some way or another.


Gyasi Ross: Indian Country continues our struggle with diabetes
Gyasi Ross: Indian Country continues our struggle with diabetes (March 29, 2016)

I don’t have any quick solutions; I do know that the answers are within our communities and us.


Arne Vainio: Watch Native Report for first Health Matters segment
Arne Vainio: Watch Native Report for first Health Matters segment (February 16, 2016)

Like any oppressed people, we learned to survive on what we had and white flour and processed sugar and high fat foods replaced our true traditional foods.


Tribes receive grants from Special Diabetes Program for Indians
Tribes receive grants from Special Diabetes Program for Indians (January 28, 2016)

Congress authorized the program to provide $300 million over two years to help Indian Country fight high rates of the disease.


Pomo tribes in northern California fight high rates of diabetes
Pomo tribes in northern California fight high rates of diabetes (November 4, 2015)

The Lake County Tribal Health Clinic offers free physical training and classes in healthy eating and improving lifestyles.


Another $118K in grants awarded through Seeds of Native Health
Another $118K in grants awarded through Seeds of Native Health (October 12, 2015)

The money will be used to improve nutrition and access to healthy foods for Native youth.


Marsha Small: Loss of bison led to rise of diabetes among tribes
Marsha Small: Loss of bison led to rise of diabetes among tribes (August 17, 2015)

To the people whose roots run deepest in Montana, almost nothing has inflicted more environmental and economic harm than eliminating wild buffalo.


Tribes receive first round of grants from Seeds of Native Health
Tribes receive first round of grants from Seeds of Native Health (August 4, 2015)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota launched the program to improve nutrition in Indian Country.


Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas helps with war against diabetes
Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas helps with war against diabetes (July 7, 2015)

Dr. Rodney Stapp said amputations have dropped to virtually zero after the introduction of Nike N7 shoe.


New Mexico tribe combats high rates of youth obesity and diabetes
New Mexico tribe combats high rates of youth obesity and diabetes (July 7, 2015)

Diabetes cases grew 5 percent in the last 5 years and nearly a quarter of youth are considered obese by the time they enter high school.


Jodi Gillette joins board of directors for Notah Begay III Foundation
Jodi Gillette joins board of directors for Notah Begay III Foundation (July 6, 2015)

The foundation, created by Navajo / Pueblo golfer Notah Begay, combats diabetes in Indian Country.


Mark Trahant: Indian Country finds success in diabetes fight
Mark Trahant: Indian Country finds success in diabetes fight (May 19, 2015)

Indian Country has long faced the epidemic of diabetes with rates 2.3 times greater than the general population.


Coeur d'Alene Tribe takes proactive approach in diabetes fight
Coeur d'Alene Tribe takes proactive approach in diabetes fight (April 28, 2015)

The tribe is screening more people and introducing healthier foods as part of its effort to combat the disease.


Sen. Barrasso highlights 100 days of work on Indian legislation
Sen. Barrasso highlights 100 days of work on Indian legislation (April 16, 2015)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has held nine hearings, including two on reservations, and has advanced nearly a dozen bills since the start of the 114th Congress.


Congress passes renewal of Indian Country diabetes program
Congress passes renewal of Indian Country diabetes program (April 16, 2015)

The Special Diabetes Program for Indians will be extended for two years under a bill that is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature.


Lakota Country Times: Program brings healthy food to Pine Ridge
Lakota Country Times: Program brings healthy food to Pine Ridge (April 16, 2015)

For students on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation finding access to healthy and nutrient dense foods is often a struggle for a variety of reasons.


Yvette Roubideaux: Diabetes program works for Indian Country
Yvette Roubideaux: Diabetes program works for Indian Country (April 9, 2015)

It is spring again, and the hopes for better weather are accompanied by the worries and concerns of many American Indian and Alaska Native communities working hard to prevent and treat diabetes and its complications.


New Mexico reports high rate of obesity among Indian children
New Mexico reports high rate of obesity among Indian children (April 6, 2015)

Among third grade students, a whopping 52.8 percent of American Indians are considered overweight or obese.


Navajo Nation makes headlines as first with tax on junk foods
Navajo Nation makes headlines as first with tax on junk foods (March 31, 2015)

Starting tomorrow, the tribe will collect an extra 2 percent tax on sugary foods that are deemed to have little or no nutritional value.


Julianne Jennings: Taking care of our eyesight in Indian Country
Julianne Jennings: Taking care of our eyesight in Indian Country (March 30, 2015)

What caused the decline of eyesight in Native America? Books. Yes, books.


Editorial: Shakopee Tribe contributes $5M for health initiative
Editorial: Shakopee Tribe contributes $5M for health initiative (March 27, 2015)

The tribe, which has become a philanthropic force in Minnesota and in Indian Country, has smartly worked in partnership with leading organizations that have done pioneering work in nutrition, fitness and wellness.


Opinion: Navajo Nation enacts 'sin tax' on unhealthy products
Opinion: Navajo Nation enacts 'sin tax' on unhealthy products (March 27, 2015)

The Navajos passed a 2 percent sales tax on pastries, chips, soda, desserts, fried foods, sweetened beverages, and other products with 'minimal-to-no-nutritional value.'


Andre Cramblit: Dramatic decision paid off for my health status
Andre Cramblit: Dramatic decision paid off for my health status (March 9, 2015)

Obesity has been a problem for me most of my life. Growing up I shopped in the husky section.


Gyasi Ross: Staying healthy for the New Year in Indian Country
Gyasi Ross: Staying healthy for the New Year in Indian Country (January 19, 2015)

Last year I got particularly out of shape for the holidays. So I was kinda in triage mode when New Year hit.


Leader of Navajo Nation signs bill for higher tax on junk food
Leader of Navajo Nation signs bill for higher tax on junk food (November 21, 2014)

The bill imposes an additional 2 percent tax on sugary foods that are deemed to have little or no nutritional value.


Navajo Nation Council approves controversial tax on junk food
Navajo Nation Council approves controversial tax on junk food (November 17, 2014)

The bill imposes an additional 2 percent tax on soda and sugary foods.


Native Sun News: Activists take annual swim to Alcatraz Island
Native Sun News: Activists take annual swim to Alcatraz Island (October 21, 2014)

Nakina Mills and Amanda Carlow of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are among American Indian health activists from South Dakota, Washington and California states, taking part in the annual PATHSTAR Alcatraz Swim Week.


Regina Brave: Starchy foods and alcohol are killing our people
Regina Brave: Starchy foods and alcohol are killing our people (October 7, 2014)

Alcoholism is a devastating disease unknown to our ancestors. Alcohol now pervades every nook, cranny and dimension of our society.


Navajo vice president returns home after near fatal spider bite
Navajo vice president returns home after near fatal spider bite (September 30, 2014)

Rex Lee Jim spent more than four weeks in the hospital when a spider bite led to an infection.


Jon Tester: Bill protects Special Diabetes Program for Indians
Jon Tester: Bill protects Special Diabetes Program for Indians (September 22, 2014)

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) explains why he introduced S.2830, a bill to provide permanent funding for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians:


Kickapoo Tribe designates walking trail in battle against diabetes
Kickapoo Tribe designates walking trail in battle against diabetes (September 3, 2014)

Olympian Billy Mills, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, joined the dedication ceremony.


Tribes participate in 400-mile journey from Colorado to Arizona
Tribes participate in 400-mile journey from Colorado to Arizona (July 31, 2014)

The Running in Beauty for a Stronger and Healthier Navajo Nation takes runners through tribal lands in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.


Notah Begay to be inducted into Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame
Notah Begay to be inducted into Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame (July 31, 2014)

The Navajo / Pueblo golfer helped lead the team to the national championships in 1994.


Members of Mille Lacs Band participate in weight loss challenge
Members of Mille Lacs Band participate in weight loss challenge (June 6, 2014)

Tribal members lost over 1,000 pounds during 16-week challenge.


Ann Dapice: Ancestors lead the way in battle against diabetes
Ann Dapice: Ancestors lead the way in battle against diabetes (April 29, 2014)

Ann Dapice discusses how diet contributes to the battle against diabetes in Indian Country.


NPR: Havasupai Tribe celebrates victory in blood study dispute
NPR: Havasupai Tribe celebrates victory in blood study dispute (April 25, 2014)

The Havasupai Tribe of Arizona celebrated Blood Victory Day this week.