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Diabetes Christmas Dinner

The Kaw Nation Diabetes Program hosted the annual Diabetes Christmas Dinner on Tuesday. Thirty-eight people attended the dinner. A diabetic-friendly dinner of pork, potatoes, salad and cake was served. Each attendee received a bag with a notepad and pen, measuring spoons and a recipe book explaining effective use of good carbohydrates.

Dr. Jeffrey Shuart of Blackwell gave an address about the evolving knowledge about diabetes and diabetic medicine.

Shuart discussed new learning about diabetes medications. He said that restrictions have been removed from Avandia, a thiazolidinedione (TZD) medicine that helps control sugar. Avandia had been thought to cause higher risks of kidney and bladder cancer, but these findings have been dismissed because diabetics generally have higher cancer risks.

Shuart mentioned that drug companies are finding new concepts for diabetic medicines, even drawing from lessons of non-diabetic people.

Shuart said that doctors are trying to personalize medical approaches for each patient.

I’m not overweight, but I inherited a weird tendency to be very insulin-resistant. I have to take a lot of insulin. I take a huge amount of insulin compared to most people and that’s just how my genetics work,” he said, speaking of his own diabetic tendencies.

He said that tailoring personal approaches means prescribing medications and vitamin supplements specific to each patient’s conditions.

Shuart reminded everyone in attendance that diet and exercise are the most important aspects of diabetes care.

“Honestly, eating the right way will make a huge difference. Diet and exercise are the hallmark of where we start with diabetes care,” he said.

At the end of the program, more than 20 prizes were given away, sponsored by the diabetes program, the Kaw Women’s Health Program and the Kaw Nation Injury Prevention Program. Donna Jo Ball won the grand prize of a 40-inch flat screen Fusia television sponsored by SouthWind Casino.

Kanza Language is part of new iPhone app

For the first time ever, the Kanza language is available on a smartphone app. The Kanza language is one of the 61 languages featured on the free World Zoo app for iPhone and iPad. Former Kanza Language Director Dr. Linda Cumberland partnered with the developers of the app to make the Kanza language available. If the app is successful, it will be launched for Android devices.

See the press release  for more information about the app.


Kanza Language is part of new iPhone app

Assistant Secretary Washburn Approves Tribal HEARTH Act Applications

Assistant Secretary Washburn Approves Tribal HEARTH Act Applications to Better Facilitate Economic Development on their Reservations

Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians and Kaw Nation of Oklahoma are the Latest Tribes Approved to Process Economic Development Leases without BIA Approval

Washington – Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced today that the Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians and the Kaw Nation of Oklahoma are the latest tribes to receive approval to handle their own leasing of Indian lands without having to obtain the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) approval.

The Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians of Alpine, California will use the authority for business site leases for general economic development. The Kaw Tribe of Oklahoma located in Kaw City, Oklahoma, plans to authorize leases for business sites and to develop renewable energy projects.

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Kaw Nation Christmas Party and Dinner

Kaw Nation hosted its tribal Christmas Party and Dinner at the Johnnie Ray McCauley Community Center on Sunday. The attendance included 217 tribal members and many guests. Children and adults received prizes. Walter Pappan won the grand prize, a big-screen television.

During the Kaw Nation Christmas and Dinner, a few dozen children streamed towards Santa to express their wishes to him. Many different wishes, from an iPad to diamond earrings, were voiced. Each one received a stuffed reindeer.

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