Care of the Native American Woman: Strategies for Practice, Education, and Research

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Native Americans, the smallest racial minority in the United States, comprise the fastest growing ethnic group and have a myriad of social and health problems. Women play an important role in health care practices and decision making in this community because many tribes are matrilineal. Practice, education, and research strategies should include identification of beliefs and practices specific to the clan or tribe because there is wide variance in values, lifeslyles, and taboos from tribe to tribe. Traditional healers, Native American storytelling, and talking circles can be incorporated into the health care of urban Native American women and their families.

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