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Workshop Abstracts

Name of Session:

Session B 5

 Environmental Health Challenges in Indian Country

 

Description of Session:

There are 561 federally recognized tribal governments in the United States. While the environmental health challenges facing these governments can be similar, there are also challenges that are unique and important to the tribes and reservations. In addition to the environmental health challenges facing the tribes and reservations, the government-to-government relationship between tribes and federal, state, and local governments adds another level of complexity to addressing these challenges. Many of the tribal governments have limited resources to address the challenges. Environmental health and protection issues facing Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are broad and complex. These include drinking water quality, waste disposal, air quality, occupational health issues associated with uranium mining, injuries, infectious diseases, and housing. A panel of experts will review these important issues and discuss possible solutions.

Presenter(s) E-mail

Co-Moderator:

William Cibulas Degrees: PhD

Co-Moderator:

Patrick Bohan

Presenter 1:

Ben Muneta Degrees: MD, MPH

Title of Presentation: Overview of Environmentally Related Illness and Injury among American Indians and Alaska Natives

Presenter 2:

Derrith Moore Degrees: BS

Title of Presentation: National Perspective on Environmental Health and Protection Issues facing American Indians and Alaska Natives

Presenter 3:

Nancy John Degrees: BS

Title of Presentation: Environmental Health and Protection Issues Facing Oklahoma Tribes

Presenter 4:

Edward R. Garrison Degrees: PhD, MPH

Title of Presentation: Development of an Academic and Research Program in Public Health at a Tribal College on the Navajo Nation