Supporting the Health of Great Lakes Area Tribes.

Great Lakes Area Tribal Health Board (GLATHB) was founded to increase access, awareness and funding for better health services for Great Lake Area Tribes. 

Overdose Awareness Week

On Friday, August 25, President Biden issued a proclamation declaring August 27 to September 2, 2023 as Overdose Awareness Week:
"The overdose epidemic is a national crisis, and for millions of Americans, it is personal.  Too many families have lost their children, siblings, parents, and friends to substance misuse and overdose.  Every loss is a painful reminder that we must take bold action to end our Nation’s overdose epidemic."
overdose awareness week

Why work with us

GLATHB promotes the advancement of access and funding of health services to the Great Lakes Area Tribes.


GLATHB provides guidance and assistance for community health care needs and the programs available to the Tribal Communities and residents of the Midwest area.


GLATHB gives opportunity to participate in the identification, evaluation, development and implementation of the health services and programs offered in the Great Lakes area.


GLATHB is committed to providing regional and national advocacy for Great Lakes Tribal health issues.

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Who We Are

PHYLLIS DAVIS - Chairwoman

Phyllis was elected to the Tribal Council in August 2008 to represent the At-Large District for the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan. She has worked for the Tribe since May of 1998 and was instrumental in the program development of the Tribal Health and Human Services Department. Phyllis has a true desire to see improvements in access to health care, to elevate the health status of American Indians, and reduce the disparities that American Indians are challenged with daily.

SAMUEL MOOSE - vice Chair

Samuel is a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and his role is the Commissioner of Administration with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. He also is the Bemidji Area representative for the National Indian Health Board. Samuel brings years of vast experience in Tribal health in various roles.

Darin prescott - Secretary/Treasurer

Darin is currently the Community Health & Social Service Director and Clinic CEO of the Lower Sioux Indian Community. Prescott is an enrolled member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community. His work experience includes progressive leadership positions in health care including charge nurse, manager, educator, director and most recently, nurse administrator for Mayo Clinic Health System, Southwest Minnesota Region.  He has worked in critical access hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and trauma centers.

will funmaker - Executive Director

Will works as the Program Director for the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country grant as well as Executive Director for GLATHB. He is an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and has served in various leadership roles in health care organizations.

Tribes We Support

The Great Lakes Area Tribal Health Board serves the Bemidji Area. The Bemidji Area consists of 34 Federally-recognized Tribes and 4 Urban Indian Health programs located primarily in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The Urban Indian Health programs are located in Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Milwaukee, WI; and Minneapolis, MN. Tribes in the area include Ojibwe (Chippewa), Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Mohican, Oneida, Odawa, Potawatomi, and Sioux.

GLATHB Tribes Map

What they say

“I worked closely with the leadership at GLATHB to assist them in their goal of increasing access to life-saving medications for Native people in Minnesota. The Board was strong in their desire to do everything it could for their Tribes and Native people.”

Jessica Leston, Tsimshian 

Clinical Programs Director
Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

“Throughout my time working with Tribal leadership across WI, MN and MI, the GLATHB has been a true advocate for all the native people in our service area. They are making sure to address specific Tribal needs and advocating for the understanding of the federal government’s fiduciary responsibilities to the Tribes while working to maintain and advance the services for the health and wellness of our Tribal membership.”

Bryan Bainbridge, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council


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