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National Indian Health Board holds conference

The National Indian Health Board is wrapping up its 21st annual consumer conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, today.

The conference focused on a variety of health issues affecting Native Americans. Tribal and federal officials spoke about prevention, funding, Medicare/Medicaid, welfare and diabetes.

Former Cherokee Nation principal chief Wilma Mankiller gave one of the keynote addresses. She urged Indian Country to become more pro-active.

Substance abuse among Native youth was one topic discussed yesterday. Tribal leaders said drug use was an "epidemic" and asked state and federal officials to expand treatment and prevention programs.

Get the Story:
Indian drug abuse labeled epidemic (The Daily Oklahoman 8/11)
Oklahoma conference addresses tribal health care (AP 8/11)
Native American Health Issues Studied (KTOK 8/9)

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