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Fertile Ground II

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and American Heart Association joined forces to improve food policy in Indian Country with Fertile Ground II: Growing the Seeds of Native Health May 2-4 in Minneapolis.
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Improving food access

With Native Americans disproportionately qualifying for federal nutrition assistance programs, several tribes are trying to improve food access on their own while providing an economic stimulus for their communities.
  • Native American Lifelines clients, many of whom have been cut off from their ancestral culture, learn to see themselves as real Natives by looking at examples such as this Gregg Deal mural.(Photo courtesy: Kerry Hawk Lessard / Native American Lifelines)

Toxic stress

The “fight or flight” response, while good in limited doses, can play havoc with brain development in infancy and childhood and increases the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and other physical maladies.

Recent Articles

  • Lexi's foster uncle, Graham Kelley, runs along with Lexi in the family services car as she is driven away yelling "we love you Lexi, we love you".  Because Lexi is part native-american the Department of Children and Family Services removed her from her current home to be placed with a native american family.  (Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles News Group)

ICWA and media

Beyond the headlines, details of the Lexi ICWA case reveal another side of the story. Families, tribes and many national Native American organizations have voiced their concern of the coverage of this case by mainstream media.
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Infant mortality

American Indian babies are dying at higher rates than other races. Poverty, access to care and domestic violence are among the factors impacting the health and well-being of American Indian mothers, infants and children.

Jurisdiction issues

The death of 15-month-old Aubrey Kina-Marie Littlejohn, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, served as a catalyst for the tribe to take responsibility of child and family cases under the Indian Child Welfare Act.
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Smoking Motivations

There are many motivators inspiring Native Americans to kick commercial tobacco. Meanwhile, traditional tobacco is harder to come by in parts of Indian Country, especially for those in urban areas.
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More than hunger pains

Nationwide, one in seven families experience food insecurity at any given point in a year. The rates are higher in Indian Country, thus increasing the risks for the physical effects that come with poor nutrition.

Building stronger families

Children’s relationships with parents and other adults has long-term effects on their self-confidence, language skills, and emotional and social development.
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Tribal Foster Care OK

If Native children are overrepresented in the nation's foster care system at more than 1.6 times the rate of the non-Native population, why has it taken so long for tribes to tap into billions in federal assistance?


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