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Recovering the Sacred: Understanding gestational diabetes

November 25, 2019

According to the Indian Health Service, more than 16% of Native people have diagnosed Type 2 diabetes and another 30% have pre-diabetes. This data indicates that Native people are twice as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than non-natives.


Tribal health insurance coverage still trails U.S. average

November 25, 2019

The number of people who showed up at Indian Health Service facilities with health insurance rose from 64% of patients in 2013 to 78% in 2018. Despite the gains, the share of people without insurance at the 73 federally run IHS facilities in 2018 was still more than double the national average for health care coverage that year.



Paiute trout reintroduced into native Sierra habitat

October 22, 2019

ALPINE COUNTY, Calif. — California’s native Paiute cutthroat trout, the rarest trout in North America, swims once again in its high Sierra home waters for the first time in more than 100 years. California Natural...




Photo gallery: 2019 Numaga Indian Days Powwow

September 16, 2019

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony’s 33rd annual Numaga Indian Days Powwow took place Labor Day weekend — Thursday, Aug. 29, through Sunday, Sept. 1, in Hungry Valley.


Washoe Tribe gets $1.87 million in federal grants for wellness programs

September 11, 2019

The Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California will be awarded $374,124 annually for the next five years for a health and wellness program; further, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has received a $349,501 Department of Justice grant to fund its Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program.



Recovering the Sacred: Breastfeeding nourishes the mind, body and spirit

August 23, 2019

Traditionally, breastfeeding was seen as a natural part of being a woman and a mother. When babies were born, they were bundled into slings, moss bags or cradleboards. Women went about their daily lives with their babies strapped securely to their bodies, protecting their little ones from harm while caring and feeding them as needed.






RSIC Education Column: ‘Indian Education’ versus Indian Educated

July 18, 2019

The phrase “Indian Education” itself invokes generations of federal legislation aimed to assimilate via education. Modern day, the Title VI Indian Education Program administered by the Bureau of Indian Education provides federal funds to various educational institutions of students enrolled in federally recognized tribes.





PHOTOS: 2019 Stewart Father’s Day Powwow

June 18, 2019

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Hundreds of Native residents, visitors and other spectators turned out for the annual Stewart Father’s Day Powwow on June 14-16. Festivities at the former Stewart Indian School in Carson City included daily...