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Healthy cooking class teaches how to combat diabetes

IMMOKALEE — The statistics about diabetes are chilling. More than 30 million Americans have diabetes and about 25 percent (7.2 million) don’t know it. Native Americans have a greater chance of getting diabetes than any other racial group in the U.S. They are more than twice as likely to get the disease

Grants available for efforts addressing Native nutrition and health

The Fertile Ground Policy Innovation Fund is now accepting grant proposals. Grantees will be awarded $50,000 to $80,000 each to support Native-led efforts aimed at advancing new policies and innovative policymaking approaches that benefit Native nutrition and health. This fund is a part of the Fertile Ground campaign, an initiative of Shakopee

Domestic violence awareness programs held in Big Cypress

By Cherrah GilesDevelopment Associate, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum BIG CYPRESS — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Big Cypress Reservation hosted two awareness events at To-Pee-Kee-Ke Yak-Ne on Oct. 11 to commemorate the month. The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum presented the first event to kick-off its 2020 Lecture Series. The day opened with a prayer from

Diabetes program funding for Native Americans finds some life

Native American health care advocates are breathing a little easier now that a crucial federal diabetes program has been funded – at least for the short term. Temporary funding was secured for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) after President Donald Trump singed a “continuing resolution” (CR) Sept. 27 that

NIHB opens health conference with discussions on sovereignty, responses to Broken Promises report

TEMECULA, Calif. — Nearly 600 Tribal health providers, experts and advocates gathered Sept. 17 for the opening session of the National Indian Health Board's (NIHB) annual National Tribal Health Conference to hear how Tribal leaders are strengthening sovereignty while partnering with federal agencies to ensure trust obligations are upheld. A

Diabetes program for Natives remains in limbo

A federal program designed to assist Native Americans who have diabetes or are at risk of it has been nearing expiration. The Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) was set to expire Sept. 30 unless renewed by Congress. It was unknown by press time if Congress would approve the funding and