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Since 1990, Trinity Health has partnered with the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians to bring dialysis services to the Turtle Mountain Reservation, located about 1 1/2 hours northeast of Minot, through the Trinity-Lenoir Dialysis Center.
This partnership was made through the recognition that the Turtle Mountain Band had a growing number of diabetics. As of September 2011, there were more than 1,200 active diabetics who were enrolled members of the band; how many of them who lived on the reservation are unknown.
In February 2011, the Ox Creek, which runs next to the center, flooded, causing damage to the center. During the time that center was closed, dialysis patients were sent to Minot. Even though the center reopened, it could not handle the growing number of diabetics. The Trinity-Lenoir Dialysis Center had six dialysis machines; the new Melvin Lenoir KDU center has 12.
On September 26, 2011, ground was broken for a new facility and in August 2012, the ribbon was cut at the new Melvin Lenoir Kidney Dialysis Unit. The center is named after Melvin Lenoir, a tribal council member who was instrumental in bringing dialysis to Belcourt. Lenoir was all too familiar with dialysis: before the KDU was built in Belcourt, he would take his daughter, Laurie, who had juvenile diabetes, to Minot for dialysis.