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August 12th 2013:Alaska Native Tribes – Guardians of Health Care

Valerie Davidson says, “My Mother told me, ‘Lead with love. If you lead with love, you will never stand alone’. Valerie is a negotiator, director, commissioner, and tribal member of the Orutsararmuit Native Council. She knows full well the important legacy her mother breathed into her spirit. It may be 60 degrees below zero in parts of Alaska, and there are Federal government institutions who ‘are here to help’ the ‘Indians’….again, but neither of these factors stopped the 229 Tribes from the innovative and successful health care practices now in place for Tribal members. After the American

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Valerie Davidson

Valerie Davidson, tribal member of the Orutsararmuit Native Council, is Senior Director of Legal and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, a statewide tribal health organization based in Anchorage, Alaska. Val has been spokesperson, chief political and legal strategist for ANTHC’s Dental Health Aide Therapy Program, a member of the National Steering Committee for Reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, and a member of the National Title V Negotiated Rulemaking Committee of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. She served as Co-Lead Negotiator for Alaska’s 229 federally recognized tribes to negotiate the Alaska Trib
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