Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24• LVD HEALTH CENTER/ANA • Support for healthy eating and the Ojibwe language through ANA Left photo: Owen Maroney, GLIFWC dietician, addressed the Head of the Lakes Diabetes Conference September 15 in Superior, Wis. Maroney stressed the health benefits of traditional foods in the native diet, sharing recipes from GLIFWC’s Administration for Native Americans (ANA)-supported cookbook, Mino Wiisinidaa! (LaTisha Coffin photo) Lower photo: ANA Program Specialist Jeaninne Bruguier visited with GLIFWC staff September 22 to review progress on Ojibwe language outreach efforts. ANA supports tribal self-sufficiency through discretionary grant funding, training and technical assistance. GLIFWC ANA Project Director Jim St. Arnold, (left) Web Designer Melissa Rasmussen, Bruguier, and Ojibwemowin Specialists Levi Tadgerson & Wesley Ballinger. (COR photo) Health center welcomes tribal, general public Provides inclusive options for healing, wellbeing Watersmeet, Mich.—When Rose Martin entered this world on the banks of the Wisconsin River in 1924, midwives and traditional healers anchored the Ojibwe healthcare system. Some, including a five-year-old tuberculosis-stricken Martin, were routinely treated at faraway hospitals through much of the 20th Century when local care rarely offered a full range of treatment options. Enter today’s tribal clinics. Martin and some 250 more celebrated the opening of the latest native health center in the upper Great Lakes on September 7. Rain and a chilly breeze did little to dampen an itinerary that included drum songs from Four Thunders, jingle dress dancers, words from dignitaries, and a feast. “The services that this clinic pro- vides,eatingwell,eatingtraditionalfoods and getting out there exercising treaty rights are all directly connected,” said LacVieuxDesert(LVD)TribalChairman Jim Williams Jr. “It’s about living a good life.” Williams’son Garret, who has type onediabetes,andMartinpairedupforthe red-ribboncuttingattheclinic’sentrance. The new 33,000 square feet LVD Health Center replaces a series of small tribal clinics the tribe has operated since 1988.Theclinicisopentotribalmembers and the general public alike providing dental, optical, podiatry, chiropractic, behavioral health, and urgent care, along with several physicians.Aone-fifth mile walkingpathonthehealthcentercampus offers a safe exercise route for clinic employees and community members. “Weplaceastrongemphasisonwell- nessandprevention,”saidSadieValliere, LVD health director. “Modern medicine and holistic, traditional medicine are all at home here in the clinic.” In the center of the modern medical facility, architects designed an Anishi- naabwin room. Harkening to the lines of an Ojibwe lodge, rounded ceiling covers, a comfortable rectangular space with bench seating along the walls, and a pair of four-shelf corner cases that house the four Anishinaabe medicines: cedar, sweet grass, tobacco, and sage. Natural birch bark accents appear throughout the room. “We’ve got the important pieces in place and are excited to move forward,” Valliere said. “One of our biggest challenges has been planning for the future.” Funding for LVD’s health center came from a variety of sources including major grants from Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux and Chickasaw Nation. Rose Martin and Garret Williams prepare to make the ceremonial ribbon- cutting September 7 at the Lac Vieux Desert Health Center grand opening. Area veterans led a flag raising ceremony outside the new health center. (COR photos) By Charlie Otto Rasmussen, Editor Essential Ojibwemowin mino-bimaadizi—s/he leads a good life MAZINA’IGAN PAGE 22 WINTER 2016-17