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THRO Native American Heritage Month Observance Planned, Nov. 17

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Native American Heritage Month Observance will address interconnectedness of culture and science.

Join NIH’s Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) on Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 2 to 3 p.m. ET for a National Native American Heritage Month event honoring and celebrating American Indian and Alaska Native ingenuity and culture. 

Dr. Donald Warne, director, Indians Into Medicine and Public Health Programs and associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of North Dakota, will offer a virtual lecture about the interconnectedness of culture and science. 

Warne is chair of the department of indigenous health and professor of family and community medicine at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at UND and principal investigator for the UND Indigenous Trauma & Resilience Research Center. He also serves as the senior policy advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Leader’s Health Board in Rapid City, S.Dak. 

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Dr. Donald Warne

Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, S.Dak., and comes from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men.

He received his M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1995 and his M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health in 2002. Warne’s work experience includes several years as a primary care and integrative medicine physician with the Gila River Health Care Corp., in Sacaton, Ariz., and 3 years as an NIH staff cinician in Phoenix, where he conducted diabetes research and developed diabetes education and prevention programs in partnership with tribes.

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