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Porcupine Clinic
The only independent Indian community-controlled health clinic in the US.

The Porcupine Clinic

Built by a group of committed Lakota community leaders  with grants from private foundations. It has had more than 12,500 visits from 3,200 patients since opening in 1992.

No one is turned away for lack of insurance or inability to pay. The Porcupine Clinic has provided over $400,000 in free health care to people who would not otherwise have had treatment.

Addressing Indian needs

Many of the Porcupine Clinic's patients are elders who do not speak English and would not go to a clinic that did not have bilingual nurses who are willing to take the time to listen to their needs.

Campaign Against Diabetes

In 1995, Porcupine Clinic launched an aggressive campaign against diabetes under the leadership of Darleen Bear Killer. The program included a screening for children in three schools in the Porcupine area to find those at risk, and meetings with families to educate on the danger of the disease and the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices. But for many other children on the Reservation, the screening can't come soon enough. STORY


Porcupine Clinic Health Board
PO Box 275
Porcupine, SD 57772

project GROW
Q. Why is there a Diabetes Epidemic among Indians?
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Scarce Money works hard at Porcupine Clinic:

This much... ... buys:
$35 one prenatal visit
$40 one child's diabetes screening
$50 one maternal health care class
$60 one diabetes prevention class
$100 emergency medical care for a child
$1,500 health care during pregnancy for one mother