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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.

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BOZEMAN, Mont. — Backed by $2.5 million in new federal grant funding, Montana State University plans to offer full-ride scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students who enroll in its College of Nursing. 

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WASHINGTON Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to serve as the director of the Indian Health Service (IHS).

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BILLINGS, Mont. — While many small businesses have struggled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Native-owned Keya LLC has found a way to turn a crisis into an opportunity.