Author Archives: Laura Schad

World Health Day and Health Care in Tribal Communities

Through its Healthy Living service, PWNA supports on average about 500 partners on about 50 reservations who are offering health classes, conducting home visits and assisting people with appointments.

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Thanksgiving in Indian Country

Annually, PWNA’s reservation partners request thousands of Thanksgiving meals, and this year, PWNA is providing enough food for just over 38,000 people in the Northern Plains and Southwest.

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137 Ways to Just Move It on the Navajo Nation

PWNA congratulates the Navajo Nation, our Program Partners and I.H.S. on closing out another year of Just Move It, and we look forward to supporting JMI as they approach their 25th anniversary and beyond.

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State Names with Native Roots

The 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee kicked off today with a preliminaries test and that got us thinking about word origins, proper spellings and pronunciations. One of last year’s words was “scherenschnitte,” which is of German descent. The year before that, there was “stichomythia,” which is of Greek descent. We examined words that hit a […]

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A Day in the Life of a Community Health Representative

On Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day, PWNA honors CHRs for being role models and committing themselves to improving the health and welfare of their neighbors, families and tribal nations.

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Women’s History Month: Changemakers of Social Equity

March is Women’s History Month, and these three Native American women have contributed to the greater good, breaking barriers to improve the lives of Native Americans and improve social equity in the U.S.

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Poorest Counties in America: Ziebach, SD

Ziebach County in South Dakota is not only the poorest county in America, but it is also still recovering from an ice storm that knocked out power almost 2 years ago.

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Honoring American Indian Veterans: Navajo

Veteran: David was drafted right after high school into the Marine Corps. He also belonged to the elite group of US Marine Corps World War II Navajo Code Talkers.

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Honoring American Indian Veterans: Pine Ridge

Veteran: Calvin recalled receiving “four greetings” from the President of the United States (in the form of military draft letters). It was 1944 and he remembered the bus stopped right in the middle of the highway to gather the new recruits.

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Honoring American Indian Veterans: Rosebud

Veterans… “I took a vow, a sacred vow.” Protecting family and community is inherit among Native Americans and “respect for relationships is paramount.”

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