Health Care

April 16, 2013
By:
Jacqueline Pata

The mainstream media has continued to make repeated factual errors when reporting on the high profile Supreme Court custody case involving a Native American father and his daughter.

April 16, 2013
By:
Bill John Baker

Every Cherokee Nation citizen deserves a long and healthy life. I believe that means access to quality health care, and as Principal Chief, I made a commitment to our people to address this critical issue.

February 10, 2013
By:
Ruth Hopkins

Genocide has found a new disguise: that of adolescent suicide. According to the Indian Health Service, Natives who fall between 10 and 24 years of age have the highest rate of suicide of all racial groups. Despite this epidemic, we’re still failing to address it head on.

December 20, 2012
By:
Steve Russell

Everything is not a matter of opinion and all opinions are not equal. In the U.S., we frame all policy arguments in terms of liberty, and since we don’t teach critical thought, who wins the framing dispute wins the argument.

December 16, 2012
By:
Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull

Imagine societies where frequent family and community events were held to ensure that all people were provided for and where goods and resources were regularly redistributed so no one would be in need.  Traditionally, American Indian societies are like that.

November 28, 2012
By:
Cathy Abramson and Isabel Burger

Making a Difference in Tribal Communities Across the Country, by Cathy Abramson

November 24, 2012
By:
Michael E. Roberts

For most Americans, Thanksgiving has been as a celebration of giving, a day of thanks—thankful to be surrounded by family and friends.

November 16, 2012
By:
Byron Dorgan

In the coming weeks, we will hear a lot about the budget, the deficit and the need to make hard choices when it comes to federal funding. I agree with that. But the choices also have to be smart choices.

November 11, 2012
By:
Steve Russell

The battle is over, and pundits now stroll to the battlefield and shoot the survivors. I have used this bully pulpit to urge that Indians bloc vote only when threatened as Indians.  My own vote turned on threats I perceived to my family.  Your mileage may vary.

October 24, 2012
By:
Dwanna L. Robertson

After hanging up from a marathon talk with one of my best friends, Stephany, I suddenly remembered that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. It reminded me that cancer is the leading cause of death among Indian women, with heart disease coming in as a close second.

October 22, 2012
By:
Claudia Kauffman

While watching Monday Night Football this week one couldn’t help but notice the bright pink shoes, gloves, towels and ribbons being sported by the play

September 16, 2012
By:
Walter Lamar

This fall, most of us will suffer from nothing worse than hay fever. However, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued several warnings recently about rising numbers of more serious illnesses. The bad news is that these serious ailments can cause death.

September 10, 2012
By:
Edward Luttrell

There's a misguided cost-cutting plan being discussed on Capitol Hill that could severely jeopardize the health of millions of rural Americans.

August 29, 2012
By:
Kathleen Sebelius

Last week, I toured the new Indian Health Service (IHS) Cheyenne River Health Center. The center, which opened last year, includes a new dental clinic, CT scanner and a Spiritual Room where patients and family can practice their traditions.

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