Meet the women who battled tuberculosis in Indian country

Meet the women who battled tuberculosis in Indian country

By the turn of the 20th century, tuberculosis rates across much of the U.S. were in steady decline. But in some communities, the struggle to fight the deadly disease had only just begun. These communities included the 29 tribes of Southern California’s Mission Indian Agency — Cahuilla, Chemehuevi, Cupeño, Kumeyaay, Luiseño, and Serrano bands among them. In the wake of mass development, members of the tribes had been weakened by the destruction of many of their indigenous food sources, said Clifford Trafzer, a distinguished professor of history and Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs at the University of […]

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