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Andromeda Na’lniitr’e’sdvm Lopez grew up on canned meat, canned juice, white flour, and evaporated milk. It was common fare for her tribe, the Tolowa Dee-ni’. But at 21, Lopez had a diabetes scare while pregnant and knew her diet had to change. “I didn’t want to continue eating the way I was raised,” she says. Lopez, now 30, is a single mom in the far northwestern corner of California, where the Tolowa Dee-ni’’s traditional home is cut into a quiltwork of reservation, county, and city land. She tries her best to include vegetables in every meal, but Lopez says, “it can get expensive.” In almost any Native American community, you’ll find people like Lopez struggling with similar, systemic problems. One-in-four live in poverty, according to census data. Native Americans are twice as likely as white people to lack access to safe, healthy foods — ultimately leading to obesity ...

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