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Task force to study abuse of tribal youth, after IHS doctor convicted

The White House unveiled a task force that would find ways to prevent sexual abuse of children in the Indian Health Service, after an IHS pediatrician’s conviction last year on four counts of abuse.... Read more»

Lawmakers, advocates say gov't shutdown hits hardest in tribal areas

The government shutdown is in its 29th day, and America's tribal reservations are among the places hardest hit. ... Read more»1

Gov't shutdown has mixed affect on health care

For the vast majority of the federal government’s public health efforts, though, it’s business as usual during the current shutdown. Though bottlenecked spending bills leave some services feeling the squeeze.... Read more»

Agencies cite progress, work still remaining on Navajo uranium cleanup

A consortium of federal and tribal agencies reported that a five-year, $110 million project to clean up uranium contamination in the Navajo Nation had addressed the most urgent risks there. But the report also said that much more work needs to be done to deal with the health threat. ... Read more»

Native Americans discuss Indian Country issues at DNC

Several tribal leaders, U.S. representatives and a U.S. senator spoke on issues concerning the Native American community during the Native American Council meeting at the Democratic National Convention. Many of these issues impact the nearly 300,000 Native Americans who live in Arizona. ... Read more»

One Arizonan in five lacked health insurance in 2010

One in five Arizonans was without health insurance in 2010, and the number rose to one in four in the state's hardest-hit counties, according to a Census Bureau report. Arizona's overall uninsured rate was 19.3 percent, compared to a national average of 17.7 percent. ... Read more»

Native American women face high rate of sexual assaults

Native American women are twice as likely to be sexually assaulted as any other race, but successfully prosecuting assailants is harder in Indian country.... Read more»3