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Indian Country finally sees action on diabetes program


December 29, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the first time in a decade, Indian Country will be able to rely on a stable source of funding to address diabetes in tribal and urban communities. But the achievement didn’t come without chaos, courtesy of the current occupant of the White House.

The massive COVID-19 and federal funding bill that became law on Sunday includes a three-year authorization for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). The extension is the longest on record since 2010.

“The program has improved the quality of life for many and saved many lives,” President Jonathan Nez of the Navajo Nation said on Monday. “The three-year reauthorization also provides long-term stability for the program, which is important for long-term planning and strategizing.”


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