Hundreds of members of the Association of American Indian Physicians are gathered in Portland this week to address high death rates among Natives in America, the Oregonian reports.
Grim statistics and solutions to the health issues that have long haunted Indian communities – that see high death rates from alcoholism and diabetes among others – will be addressed at the conference.
“American Indians in the United States are dying in large numbers from diseases they shouldn’t have to die from,” said Dr. R. Dale Walker, president of the group and professor of psychiatry and preventive medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, in a prepared statement.
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The doctors will be discussing chronic diseases, sudden infant death syndrome, depression, heart attacks, diabetes and other health problems that hit Native Americans harder than most other racial and ethnic groups. They also will be looking at exercise and prevention and the use of traditional Native American healing practices.
This is the 40th annual meeting of the association. The Oregonian will have more on the conference in coming days.
ICTMN introduced its readers
The Cincinnati Zoo's Chief Joseph and Tecumseh were born Sept. 19, 2010. (Courtesy of the Cincinnati Zoo)
to Tecumseh of the Shawnee and Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce this week.
The honored Native leaders are both being recognized by the Cincinnati Zoo in its new exhibit that features two male cougars, ICTMN reports.
The Cincinnati Enquirer story didn’t give an explanation for the names of the two cats born in September.
ICTMN’s report detailed how the big cats once roamed the entire country. Today, however, some species are extinct and the remaining cats have little land left to roam:
The cougars join America’s wildlife lore in which they are variously known as the ghost cat, catamount, puma, painter, panther or mountain lion, as well as cougar, says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
“The many names given the nation’s largest cat convey the mystery surrounding this solitary hunter,” the FWS notes.
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