Leaders on the Wind River Indian Reservation work to untangle the jumbled knot of challenges that produce striking health disparities for Wyoming’s Native community.
A perception of inadequacy in health services means many tribal members in Wyoming who can’t afford a doctor in Lander or Riverton often choose to go without service.
Despite a binding federal obligation to provide health care for native populations, Indian Health Services in Wyoming is perpetually underfunded, and forced to ration care.
Copeland's photo is featured in Tuesday's article, Pure Poverty, part of our series on the state of childhood health on the reservation.
Poverty magnifies stress and inhibits access to health care, posing a threat to Native youth who hold the key to the community’s well-being for decades to come.