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University of Arizona Health Sciences Library Outreach: Native American Health Information

American Indian Health

American Indian Health 

This website provides information on Health topics, People and Traditions, Program and Services and Research and Data all relevant to Native American populations.
Also check out the Native Voices site. This site presents video interviews with tribal elders, healers and other prominent people who practice traditional medicine, Western medicine or a combination of both. From their unique experiences and perspectives, they weave a tapestry of stories of the vibrant and diverse cultures and medicine ways of Alaska Natives, Native Americans and Native Hawaiians.

Addressing Health Concerns in American Indian Communities

The following links will take you to health information courtesy of American Indian Health website, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine.  Much of the links are informative and offer many resources. 


Alcohol Abuse


Children's Health


Eating Healthy and Nutrition

Elder's Health

Environmental Health

Exercising and Keeping Fit

Flu and H1N1 (Influenza)

Heart Diseases


Lung Diseases

Mental Health

Substance Abuse

               Smoking and Commerical Tobacco Use


Data and Statistics

An American Indian Communities Life Changing Experience with Nutrition & Exercise -- See Youtube Video

Inspiring Change: Native Americans Share Health Transformations 

In June 2010 American Indians at the Tahoma Indian Center in Washington began participating in fitness and nutrition courses. They want to share the benefits of this change with American Indians across the country in hopes of inspiring change.

Links to American Indian Health Websites

Traditional Foods/ Nutrition


In the 1800s wild plants and wild game were plenty on the land. In areas where hunting and fishing dominated, Indian people were well nourished. Acorns were a staple food, the nutmeats were ground and then leached before final preparation and consumption. 

Tribes boiled foods in almost all native cultures. Stone boiling was the dominant method with some tribes. The earth oven was used to prepare plant and animal foods. Some foods were heat and steam cooked (normally overnight). Broiling or roasting were common methods of preparation. Smoking and drying meat was also common and a great variety of vegetable foods were preserved by drying.

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, a healthy eating plan: 

losing weight

  • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
  • Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
  • Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars
  • Stays within your daily calorie needs

Traditional Healing

Our Health
Native American Ethnobotany
(University Of Michigan-Dearborn) 

Native American Healing
(American Cancer Society) 

Native American Traditional Healing
(New Mexico AIDS InfoNet) 

Traditional Healing in Healthfinder
(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) 

Traditional Health, Medicine and Healing
(Alaska Native Knowledge Network) 

Traditional Medicine - Arctic Health
(National Library of Medicine/ University of Alaska Anchorage)

Careers in Healthcare