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'How can we prevent the heart from breaking?' White Earth reviews opioid overdose deaths


December 19, 2019

Signs welcome visitors to White Earth, Minn., on the White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota. The reservation is home to the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. Ann Arbor Miller for MPR News

Clinton Alexander has a large poster on the wall of his office in the White Earth Nation's public health center. It's designed to be used for presentations at an academic conference, and it lists the key findings from a recent review of opioid overdose deaths on the reservation.

But layered under the scientific data on the background of the poster are the boarding school records of Alexander's great-grandmother. She was one of thousands of American Indian children who were sent away to the schools in an effort to eliminate their language and culture.


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