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1974: Families with sanitary sewer, clean water are healthier

The Comptroller General reports to Congress that American Indian and Alaska Native families who live in healthful homes, with sanitary sewage disposal and safe piped water, place fewer demands on the Indian Health Service's primary health care delivery system than families living in unhealthful conditions. The families with sanitary services and clean water require approximately 25 percent less health care than those living in unsatisfactory environmental conditions.

Theme
Federal-Tribal Relations
Region
Arctic, California, Great Basin, Great Plains, Northeast, Northwest Coast, Plateau, Southeast, Southwest, Subarctic

Child emptying waste from “honey buckets” in Hooper Bay, Alaska, ca. 1966

Courtesy Robert Fortuine papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage