South Dakota’s governor has demanded that Native American tribes remove COVID-19 checkpoints from state and US highways, TIME reports.   Leaders of the Cheyenne River Sioux and the Oglala Sioux Tribe contend that the checkpoints are legal and intended to save lives. Both…

The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the existing vulnerabilities of tribal communities across the US, several of which have been hit by the virus.

Compared to white women, American Indian and Alaska Natives are more than 2X as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes.   And Native women in urban areas—where there’s better access to care—fare no better than those on rural reservations.  

The rate of diabetes-related kidney failures, or end-stage renal disease, among Native Americans plummeted by 54% between 1996 and 2013, according to a new CDC report.   The report calls the decline “especially remarkable” given the health and socioeconomic disparities…

Drug-related deaths among American Indian and Alaska Native people are nearly double the rate of the US as a whole, and Cherokee Nation sits in Oklahoma, a state hard-hit by prescription painkiller abuse.

The Dakota Access Pipeline protests have illuminated other health crises among Native American populations, including a persistent lack of reproductive health care for Indigenous women.   Amie Newman, a blogger for Our Bodies Ourselves, argues that the problem originated…

Mathuram Santosham, a self-described “champion of failure,” repeatedly turned challenges into successes in an astounding public health career that can be credited with saving millions of  lives. The physician-researcher-trailblazer-teacher stepped down this spring after a…