The hidden health inequalities that American Indians and Alaskan Natives face
San Manuel Band of Native Americans Hold Their Annual Pow Wow On Oct. 13, 2012 In San Bernardino, California. (Digital Media Pro / Shutterstock.com)

By Annie Belcourt, Associate Professor of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, The University of Montana. Tribally led wellness encampment in Wyoming. Gordon Belcourt, CC BY-SA I was an American Indian student pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology in the 1990s, when I realized the stark contrast between my life experiences growing up on my home reservation and those of my non-Native peers.