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 American Indian / Native American

National Conference of American Indians

From the National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

"If you knew the conditions...." 
Health Care to Native Americans

This is a great website for information on health care for Native Americans. The following is the Introduction to the electonic exhibit:


 In 1907, Susan La Flesche Picotte, the first Native American woman M.D., wrote a letter to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. Her letter describes the health conditions and needs of her tribe, the Omahas, living in Nebraska. She begins to describe affairs, writing, "If you knew the conditions...." Picotte's words are echoed in the title of this exhibit and a reproduction of her letter is displayed near the end.

 The exhibit focuses on the administration of health care to Native American recipients by the United States Government. It examines the evolution of government responsibility and its transfer through the Departments of War, the Interior, and Health, Education, and Welfare, now the Department of Health and Human Services.

 Items exhibited comprise, mainly, collections of the National Library of Medicine. These are supplemented by loaned items from the Dickinson College Library's Special Collections. Also displayed are photographic and textual reproductions of materials from the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Anthropological Archives of the Smithsonian Institution, and the Cumberland County Historical Society in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

U.S. Department of the Interior

American Indians and Alaska Natives

The U.S. Department of the Interior places a high priority on respecting the government-to-government relationship between the federal government and the federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes. We are committed to their prosperity by partnering with them to address challenges in the areas of economic development, education and law enforcement as well as other issues they are concerned about. Our work supports Indian self-determination because it helps to ensure that the tribes have a strong voice in shaping the federal policies that directly impact their ability to govern themselves and to provide for the safety, education and economic security of their citizens. We provide services directly, or through contracts, grants or compacts, to 565 federally recognized tribes with a combined service population of approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

For information about the following Click here.

  • Economic Development 

  • Education 

  • Indian Trust Reform Commission

  • Law Enforcement 

  • Special Trustee for American Indians 

  • Trace Ancestry 

  • Tribal Governments 

  • Let's Move! in Indian Country 

  • Gaming Commission 

  • Native Hawaiians 

  • Other Services

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