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Hospital receives a new teepee

Second powwow timed for Harvest Festival


Interim CEO Ramona Hicks looks up at light streaming into the teepee at Coulee Medical Center. - Scott Hunter photo

It's not made of concrete and steel, but a new wing, of sorts, was added to Coulee Medical Center last week - a teepee.

The effort was paid for with a grant and is an extension of CMC's ongoing efforts to cater to the whole patient, including a patient's spiritual needs.

About a third of CMC's patients are American Indian, and leaders at the hospital were bothered by an inability to allow, for various practical reasons, certain cleansing ceremonies inside the hospital.

Drumming and singing have actually been done, although somewhat quietly. But "smudging" the air with the smoke of sweetgras...

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