Center of American Indian and Minority Health

Native people in Minnesota die, on the average, ten years sooner than all other Minnesotans.

Part of that statistic comes from poverty and limited access to health care.

But the Center for American Indian and Minority Health at UMD is working the problem from both ends: recruiting Native students into careers in medicine so they can return to their communities and provide medical care.

Frank Bibeau

Members of Minnesota's Chippewa tribes have served notice to the state that they plan to begin harvesting wild rice this week on all public waters, lakes and rivers within the territory ceded by the 1855 Chippewa Treaty with the federal government. They plan a major wild-rice harvesting event Thursday on Hole-in-the-Day Lake near Nisswa.