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Jodi Lutjens, a visiting nurse with the Indian Health Service, listens to Toshina Oneroad's daughter breathe during a visit at the mother's home in Sisseton, S.D. Oneroad is a patient in a visiting nurse program designed to prevent infant mortality. American Indians face a much higher risk of infant death than the general population. Patrick Springer / The Forum

American Indian infants suffer higher death rates

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SISSETON, S.D. -- Toshina Oneroad's infant daughter has sparkling eyes and a sunny disposition, but her tiny cough caught the nurse's attention.

Jodi Lutjens, a visiting nurse with the Indian Health Service clinic near here, 90 miles south of Fargo, took the infant's temperature.

Normal. A good sign.

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