Watch video above to see these stories on AZ Illustrated Science on Tuesday, Sept. 17:

NATIVE AMERICAN HEALING: Staff at New Directions center, a Tucson behavioral health and substance abuse treatment facility, uses Navajo prayers and practices to help others heal. The center and others around the country are finding that when they incorporate traditional practices, people are less likely to drop out of treatment.

AMERICAN INDIAN RESILIENCE CONFERENCE: This summer, the UA's Center for American Indian Resilience brought experts to Tucson to explain how Native American cultural practices and traditions contribute to health and wellness. Here's a discussion of what took place at the conference.

TRADITIONAL HEALING: Author Patrisia Gonzales discusser her new book, Red Medicine: Traditional Indigenous Rites of Birthing and Healing. In the book, Gonzales, who is also an associate professor at the UA's Department of Mexican American Studies, explores Native American healing practices, dreaming as a form of diagnosing, and natural laws, among other topics.

NATIVE AMERICAN VETS: Many Native Americans have served in the U.S. military, and continue to do so in large numbers. However, upon their return, most of them don't receive the benefits they're entitled to. On Sept. 22, the Coalition of American Indian Veterans, is hosting the 7th annual Gathering of American Indian Veterans, an event aiming to teach Native American vets about these benefits, and how to ensure them.

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