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Chiropractic "On" the Reservation

A story from the online "Leader Times", reports on chiropractic care being available to Native American Indian tribes. The article interviews Dr. Michael Mills who mentioned that native Americans really should have access to chiropractic since, "After all, chiropractic was invented in America." Dr. Michael Mills, is taking part in the "Love has No Color" project. This project is carried out by the New Renaissance, an organization of chiropractors across the nation committed to improving life for Native Americans.

Dr. Mills described his dedication to this project by saying, "We thought, what better individuals to serve than Native Americans. Our motto is to live for a cause bigger than yourself, and live that cause with passion."

According to the article, Dr. Mills, along with other participating chiropractors, visited the Wolf Point Indian Reservation in Fort Peck, Montana to aid Native Americans with renovations on the reservation and offered wellness information regarding chiropractic care.

Dr. Mills was worried about what he observed when he arrived and said, "There is alcohol abuse, high unemployment, high rates of murder, poverty, violence and a life expectancy of males of 40. It was discouraging to see Native Americans on a reservation in which conditions are so bad." He added, "We think that if we can educate the people to have respect for life and health and to attempt to improve themselves and their own well-being, they are more prone to do better things for each other and also the community. Chiropractic care is a part of that."

The New Renaissance group is seeking to place a chiropractic office on the reservation. They will also be trying to send a Native American from the Wolf Point Reservation to chiropractic school. Brandi Charrette, was a single mom working two jobs, leading a typical life on the reservation, and attempting to better her life. She had attended community college, taking the basic courses for chiropractic school. The new Renaissance group is making it possible for Charrette to study chiropractic at the Life University in Marietta, Ga. She is currently finishing her prerequisites and will start chiropractic school with a full scholarship from Life University's president Dr. Guy Riekeman. New Renaissance is paying for her to live there.

When Brandi Charrette finishes her school she will return to her reservation to help her people. Dr. Mills noted, "She'll go back and serve the people of the reservation. They'll have an educated, talented person going back."

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