Tribal health leaders from around the country meet at Pechanga

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Tribal leaders, Indian health providers, health experts and advocates gather at the National Tribal Health Conference at Pechanga Resort Casino hosted by the National Indian Health Board, Sept. 18. Shane Gibson photo
Over the course of five days at Pechanga Resort Casino last week, the National Indian Health Board held its annual National Tribal Health Conference. More than 600 tribal leaders, advocates, health experts and health care providers converged on Temecula to inform, educate and decide upon the next steps toward defending Native Americans’ health care rights. “There are 573 tribes in this country,” Stacy A. Bohlen, CEO of National Indian Health Board based in Washington, said. “In the early 1970s, tribes were very clear that if they did not do something to get a hold of their health disparities, there would be no more tribes, there’d be no more Indians. We would all die of the incredible disea
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