On the Oglala Lakota reservation, a wellness team was formed in 1997 to respond to the overwhelming health needs of the people. Importantly, it is the first attempt at collaboration amongst reservation organizations. The team includes Oglala Lakota College, the Porcupine Clinic, Oglala Sioux Tribal Health Administration, the Indian Health Service, and the Community Representative Program.
The Department of Health and Human Services stands out from other federal agencies in its efforts to develop a comprehensive five-year plan that will change the way that all HHS agencies deal with tribal colleges. The effort is an attempt to implement an executive order issued by President Bill Clinton in 1996 directing agencies to create new partnership with tribal colleges and strengthen old relationships.
For more than 25 years, Dine college has taken a lead role in researching Navajo health problems, utilizing students to help conduct research. The research agenda has been largely determined by the Navajo people themselves, and the results directly have benefited the community.
Kenneth Ryan, Native American Studies curriculum developer at Fort Peck Community College, discusses traditional Assiniboine views of the family with James Shanley. This is an edited transcript of that interview.
Ten years ago, Paul Boyer backed his Honda up at the Sacramento Post Office dock to ship five boxes of magazines. His tiny vehicle was dwarfed by the semi-trucks also lined up at the dock,
To Carolyn Fiscus, being on the staff at Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) is a natural part of the journey home. Now the Extension and Community Education Director for NICC, Fiscus began her career in education 30 years ago.
There are growing concerns among Native American communities today regarding chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes and their causes. Research indicates that changing lifestyles have led to an increase in heart disease and type 2 diabetes in Indian people.
By Phyllis A. Meiners
CRC Publishing Company-EagleRock Books, Kansas City, MO, $99.95
Review by Ned Harper
Where are tribal colleges to find additional funding to combat their condition of perpetual penury?
By Richard Nichols
Photographs by D. Bambi Kraus
Illustrations by Carly Bordeau
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