Dr. Mary Owen

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Parsing the difference between "equality" and "equity" is the kind of thing you might expect in a school assignment.

The Duluth School Board is trying to do just that when it comes to compensatory education funds for schools, but the Education Equity Alliance, the Duluth Indigenous Commission, the local NAACP and several other community groups are giving them low marks so far.

People who would like more information on the work of the Education Equity Alliance can contact Dr. Mary Owen here:

If you're a Native American or Alaska Native mom, your baby is twice as likely to die before it's first birthday than if you're white.

And your baby is three times as likely to die before it's first birthday.

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Tribal sovereignty is more than just who is allowed to put a pipeline where.

Included in the right to self-determination and self-governance is the right to protect one's land and environment - and waterways.

But epidemiologist Michael Marmot says the less status you have, the poorer your health will be. It's not a question even of how much money you have, it's the psychological experience of inequality that makes the difference.

Center of American Indian and Minority Health

Health care for Native people isn't a handout - or even optional, for that matter.  Treaty rights guaranteed health care for Native people ... but the Indian Health Service is chronically underfunded.

Dr. Mary Owen, the director of UMD's Center of American Indian and Minority Health says teaching aspiring doctors about health care disparities in Indian Country needs to be part of the national curriculum.  And even if they don't go on to practice medicine on reservations, they will be positioned to advocate for policy changes.