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  1. 1921
    Trachoma rises among American Indians
    Trachoma, a serious bacterial infection of the lining of the eyelids, is a leading cause of blindness. ...
  2. 1921
    Congress funds American Indian health care
    In legislation commonly known as the Snyder Act, Congress authorizes funds for “the relief of distress ...
  3. 1922
    Radio connects remote Alaska villages to medical advice
    The U.S. Signal Corps establishes a radio network to link Alaska Native villages with doctors and nurses ...
  4. 1922
    New hospital in Ketchikan treats all
    The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace open the Little Flower Hospital in Ketchikan to serve all members ...
  5. 1924
    American Indians granted U.S. citizenship
    Inspired by the high rate of American Indian enlistment during World War I, President Calvin Coolidge ...
  6. 1924
    Medical division established in Office of Indian Affairs
    The Office of Indian Affairs creates a separate medical division to administer the growing number of ...
  7. 1924
    Professional nurses hired for reservations
    The Office of Indian Affairs begins hiring professional field nurses to care for Native peoples on reservations.
  8. 1926
    Anglican hospital opens in Tlingit village
    Named after Peter Trimble Rowe, who heads the Anglican Church in Alaska, Bishop Rowe Hospital opens ...
  9. 1927
    Clean water, sewers needed on most reservations
    After a century of the federal government moving American Indians onto reservations with inadequate ...
  10. 1927
    Trachoma surgery proves too dangerous
    The Office of Indian Affairs begins a national campaign in 1924 to eliminate the infectious eye disease ...
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