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Sault Ste. Marie Tribeof Chippewa Indians of Michigan

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The tribe will receive two grants totaling $867,063 for its elder health care and diabetes programs. 'We are committed to working with ? tribes across America to increase access to quality health care,' said Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson during an Aug. 15 visit. Goal of the $65,033 elder health grant is to establish health, assistance, prevention and treatment programs for American Indian and Alaska Native elders. The tribe received $802,030 for fiscal year 2001 to help address the devastating effects of diabetes in their community. 'These grants will help the tribe provide quality care for its aging population, as well as money to treat and prevent the growing problem of diabetes.'