Entries by Justin Huenemann

True prevention is a must

The COVID-19 pandemic has once again thrust the health vulnerability of Indian Country into the light.  In less than six months, the Navajo Nation held the top spot of most positive cases per capita in the United States. We witnessed relief fund after relief fund pop-up and millions of dollars pour into the Navajo Nation […]

Sector Silos not good for Tribal Health

Some years ago, I had the opportunity to visit with Stanley Crooks, former chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, and he reminded me that the purpose of tribal gaming and other tribal enterprises are to “help the people.” There is no doubt many share this sentiment. However, despite the fact that many tribes have […]

Stop the Sugar Insanity

Long are the days when people smoked nearly everywhere- offices, colleges and universities, government buildings, eating and drinking establishments, homes and even airplanes.  Few gave it much thought, accepting it as a societal or social norm.  Kids saw it, adults did it and that was that.  Eventually, we figured out that it was a major […]