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UNL Commits 3.2 Million to Establish Sexual Violence Prevention Center on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

RAPID CITY  –As part of its 2022 Grand Challenges Catalyst Competition, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln has committed $3.2 million to establish an Indigenous-led sexual violence prevention center (SVPC) on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Indigenous peoples experience sexual violence at rates higher than any other racial/ethnic group…

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National Award for Oyate Health Center Optometrist

RAPID CITY – The head of the Oyate Health Center’s Optometry Department has been awarded a national award for his work serving our relatives in Indian Country and his contributions to improved care in Rapid City. Dr. Derek Almer, OD., is the 2022 recipient of the Lester Caplan Award. This…

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South Dakota Tribes Formally Back Medicaid Expansion

RAPID CITY –Tribal Nations across South Dakota are putting their weight behind an upcoming ballot initiative that, if passed, will make affordable healthcare available to an additional 42,500 South Dakotans. At a press conference held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rapid City, tribal leaders from South Dakota gathered to…

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Oyate Health Center Physician Creates Scholarship Fund for Native American Graduates

Rapid City: The Oyate Health Center’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mark Harlow, has created a scholarship fund that will provide five Native American High School Graduates from the Rapid City area with $1500 if they enter a healthcare field or a degree path that supports healthcare. “I was inspired to create…

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Health Board Awarded $4.5 Million to Combat Youth Suicide, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence 

RAPID CITY – The Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board is taking a step towards developing a comprehensive community behavioral health program in Rapid City. The Health Board was awarded three grants totaling 4.5 million from the Indian Health Service to address domestic violence, youth suicide, and rape. In 2019, when…

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