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Case 7: Indian Health Service: Creating a Climate for Change
Case 7: Indian health service: Creating a climate for change

“As an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, I am a member of the Sun Clan and have the name of my great grandfather, Osara, meaning ‘the sun.’”1 Dr. Michael Trujillo told the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in 1994 during his confirmation hearing as Director of the Indian Health Service (see Exhibit 7-1). He told the committee that he had known the remoteness of Neah Bay at the northwest tip of Washington on the Makah reservation, lived in the Dakotas, and experienced the winters and geographic barriers to health care in Eagle Butte, Rosebud, and Twin ...

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