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Utah is widely known for its diverse geography of mountains and deserts that attracts thousands of tourists year round. But the Beehive State also faces many environmental issues related to air pollution. 

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Two health-focused partnerships in Colorado aim to bolster Native American representation in the nursing profession and give visibility to efforts focused on improving health equity in the state’s Native communities. 

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A “historic” $430 million investment will bolster the Cherokee Nation health care system that’s experienced unprecedented usage throughout the pandemic.

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STILLWATER, Okla. — Backed by $5.5 million in grant funding, an Indigenous-focused program at Oklahoma State University aims to study the nutrition and overall health of American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

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TULSA, Okla. — An Oklahoma tribe has signed an agreement to purchase a former cancer hospital in Tulsa for $40 million, a move aimed at easing the strain on its health system from the continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has started a new partnership aimed at helping to reverse type 2 diabetes in its people, while simultaneously saving the tribe’s health care system and patients thousands of dollars.

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BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi finished construction this week on a clinic that will serve the low-income and Medicaid-eligible Native and non-Native residents in Southwest Michigan. 

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Jody was close to achieving her dream of becoming a writer. A member of the Muckleshoot Tribe near Seattle, she had gone from living on the streets of Seattle as a teen to nearly finishing a creative writing degree, and had plans to get her master’s degree at New York University. But debilitating back pain caused by an injury she sustained as a teen forced her to drop out of school, just a handful of credits shy of her bachelor’s degree.

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Mitigating the potential spread of COVID-19 among the 1,600 people employed in the federal contracting group at Potawatomi Business Development Corp. has become a constant concern for the company’s executives. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Indian Health Board has awarded $180,000 in grant funding to help tribes beef up their telehealth capacity and address needs during the COVID-19 public health crisis.