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UND receives $10 million grant to study Indigenous resilience

The School of Medicine & Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks has received a five-year award from the National Institutes of Health of more than $10 million to develop an Indigenous Trauma & Resilience Research Center.

Dr. Don Warne, Oglala Lakota, said the goal of the research center is to address historical and unresolved trauma impacts on health inequities within the Native population. Warne is the school’s Indians Into Medicine director.

“Historically, most of the health research among Indigenous populations has used a disparities and deficits model,” Warne said in a statement. “It is important to understand and quantify disparities; however, Indigenous populations also have unique strengths in culture that have an impact on health.”

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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs talk climate change

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will host a roundtable Wednesday called “Native Communities and the Climate Crisis.”

The roundtable will be livestreamed here. The meeting starts at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Leaders from the Walker River Paiute Tribe, Picuris Pueblo, Prairie Island Indian Community and other tribal nations are expected to participate.

Deb Haaland inches closer to Interior secretary

Republican holds brought another step in the formal procedure of confirming Rep. Deb Haaland as Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior Tuesday.

Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, filed cloture on the nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland, Laguna and Jemez Pueblos, to be Interior secretary. The motion came on Tuesday afternoon during his remarks on the U.S. Senate floor.

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UMN-Morris receives $1.5 grant to support Native student success

The University of Minnesota Morris was awarded a five-year grant from the Department of Education to support Native student success.

The $1.5 million award will support transition to college, first-year experience programming, access to cultural resources, and student wellbeing, according to a news release.

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From social media:

The latest headlines:

Alaska is mourning John C. Sackett, a former legislative powerhouse, who died March 3 at the age of 76.

Only around 30 percent of the 289 students at Whitehorse have reliable access to the internet, according to Whitehorse Principal Kim Shaefer, due to a combination of poverty and poor infrastructure in the area.

Fascinating glass art history is outlined in a book that was released this month

The massive coronavirus relief plan making its way to President Joe Biden’s desk includes a plan to temporarily raise the child tax credit that could end up permanently changing the way the country deals with child poverty.

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