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A big change is coming to the oldest Indian center in the country. Plus, we’ll hear more about the nationwide shortage of nurses
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The nation’s oldest Indian center is in Phoenix, Arizona. It was founded in 1947 and through the years it has grown. For the past 17 years, Salish and Kootenai citizen Patricia Hibbeler has led the center. She joins us today to talk about the growth of the Phoenix Indian Center during her tenure.

The Oklahoma Indigenous Nurses Association is a new group dedicated to empowering and healing Indigenous nurses. The organization is centered on creating a community focused on improving Indigenous health care while honoring culture and heritage. Yaqui citizen Sonya Frazier is its first president and she joins us. 

John Tahsuda III, Kiowa, is a regular contributor to Indian Country Today’s newscast. In 2002, he worked as the staff director for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. He also is a former principal deputy assistant secretary for Indian Affairs and served in that position from 2017 to 2020. Currently, he is a partner at Navigators Global, a company that provides political services to several industries, including tribes.

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Mark Trahant, Shoshone-Bannock, is editor of Indian Country Today. On Twitter: @TrahantReports Trahant is based in Phoenix. 

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