Sanford Health adds Native American healers to staff

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Sanford Health is hiring two Native American healers to train medical staff in the Dakotas and Minnesota, the Forum reports.

The traditional healers won't necessarily be performing ceremonies, but will act as advisers to help health care workers connect with Native American patients by better understanding their culture.

Outside of Indian Health Services, a federal health program, Sanford likely serves the largest American Indian population in the country.

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