About us

The strength of a nation is the health of its people —Chi-Miigwetch

Our Mission

Our mission is to be a leader in Tribal Health and Human Services by using traditional, evidence based, and innovative strategies that contribute to building a strong, healthy community.

Our Vision

Our future tribal community will be actively engaged in promoting healthy living through participation in prevention activities, including traditional practices, managing chronic conditions, and expanding services.

Our primary value: The needs of the patient come first

Our History

45 Years of Healthcare Services for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

July 16, 1971 - Present

In the 1970s, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community was the first Tribe, nationally, to establish a tribally operated Health center, outside of the Indian Health Service(IHS). This was done with very little IHS resources. The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community recruited their own physician, without the help of IHS - Dr. Bhupendra H Nanavati, a physician who stayed with the community for many years.

The KBIC prepared a proposal for the hiring of the first Community Health nutritionist hired by any Michigan tribe. The KBIC is one of the very few tribally operated WIC program sites nationally. This was a major accomplishment at the time of new federal revenue streams. Our community was the first to establish a tribally operated dental clinic.